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It’s good to hear the continuing success stories at golf courses that have applied a passionate game plan for improvement of the entire property. Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, on the western edge of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, is a prime example.

After opening nine holes in 1992, the second nine was added in 1998 and a third nine completed in 2005. All design work was provided by Ault, Clark & Associates.

Thanks to the one-two punch of then-general manager Tony Barletta, whose background was as a superintendent, and current superintendent-general manager Duane Schell, the course always has been known for outstanding conditions.

Now, the latest efforts are being pointed to enlarging and renovating the clubhouse. The focal point will be increased space to house the many outings that are so popular at Blue Ridge Trail.

“I am so excited about all that is going on here,” said Barletta. “You hear so many sad stories at other golf courses. We continue to grow. Last year was one of the best years we ever had in the 21 years at Blue Ridge Trail. People obviously recognize all of the hard work we have put into this property.”
And that recognition has been a bit stunning of late.

Nothing is louder than the voice of the people. Golf Advisor, which is part of the GolfNow program, received thousands of member reviews of 271 courses in Pennsylvania. Blue Ridge Trail ranked second in the state – and 36th in the nation for course conditions at public access properties.

The course also was rated 17th in the country for public golf value and 24th in the country for overall layout.
Now that is a consistent path of progress.[END] – Tony Leodora