The land started in the Shay family, was sold by Duane's father to Verine Dutton. Duane purchased the land just out of school, in 1953. What stood as farm land for many years, was suddenly transformed in the mid 1990's to what is today known as Majestic Hills Golf Course. It all started in the mid 90's with a brochure from the Cooperative Extension on alternatives to farming. This was in a period of time when farms were going broke. The professors at Cornell University determined that the old sheep pasture had the right angles and rolling slopes that turned out to be perfect for a golf course. With the help from the Cooperative Extension engineers, a course was designed to fit the landscape without harming its natural beauty. Presently occupying 75 acres, 15 cleared from the surrounding forest. New holes will bring the course up to 100 acres. The owner Duane Shay, and his family spent a few labor intensive years creating Majestic Hills. The course finally opened around 1995.
Work is never done at a golf course. There is always an emphasis on improvement of condition of play. Two new holes are done, and in play. A practice green is done. The changes will allow increased quality of play.
A warm relaxed atmosphere with cool breezes during a hot summers day always welcomes a golfer even on the hottest of days. The elevation levels of the course allow a constant flow of moderate temperatures, making it always a pleasure to golf or just stop in for a visit to admire the view.
The course features include mature trees, a rolling landscape, many views, a few small ponds and a large pond that started life in 1932 when the county took over care of the road. The pond was much smaller, created from fill from the road work in 1932. The pond was enlarged greatly by Duane and family, during the construction of the course. Holes #1 and #9 border the pond. Fairways are spacious and greens and tees on the course are sand based, and generally flat and true, as outlined by the engineers.
The course has been designed to have limited environmental impact, and the course is maintained to allow a perfect balance between man and nature. It is a common site to see Canadian geese in the spring making a home to raise their young. All wildlife native to the region can be viewed throughout the year. We use the minimum of chemicals, to benefit both you and nature.Â
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