Everybody loves a good comeback story, and that’s exactly what Millcreek is. The municipal facility has been closed since 2011 when a roadway was shifted across part of the course to accommodate a runway extension at Erie International Airport. Technically considered a new project, it has been delayed repeatedly, with township supervisors seeking state funding to reconfigure and reopen the course. The facility’s driving range reopened in 2014, breathing life back into the project. Then, a $77,500 Keystone Community Grant along with $155,000 in matching funds from Millcreek Township were secured to pay for reconstruction of the lost holes.
The result is a reconfigured course with six greens that’s built on the site of a former hazardous waste dump. Additional teeing areas at three holes will allow those holes to be played twice, for a total of nine holes — the longest of which is 388 yards. Millcreek was designed to follow the Longleaf Tee system, which gives multiple tee options that properly scales the course for players of all ages and ability levels.
“Under the new design, it is a six-hole course with the emphasis on learning the game of golf,” says John Groh, Supervisor of the Millcreek Township Board of Supervisors. “There will be programs and instruction for novices and those with intermediate skills. It is a great place to not only work on driving balls at the range and putting on the practice green but an opportunity to take those skills to the course and actually play some holes.”
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