Golf Tourney Planned For September 27

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Jul 252021

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Orange on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event.

Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch reception at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m.

Cost per player is $175 and includes 18 holes with cart, tournament gift, lunch reception, snacks and beverages on the course, contests and cocktail hour.

Lunch-only tickets are available for non-golfers at $35 each.

Click HERE to Register.

For more information contact Annmarie Sliby at Asliby@Orange EDC.com or call 203-891-1045.


Register Now For The 13th Annual OEDC Golf Tournament

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Aug 132019

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 13th Annual Golf Tournament, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the new location at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue, Orange.

This year the OEDC will partner with the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation and the Rape Crisis Center, where a portion of proceeds will be donated to each charity.

Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “We feel this will create additional excitement for our golfers and provide needed support to these two wonderful charities.”

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. where players will receive tournament gifts, purchase raffle tickets, have a ten-minute chair massage, and grab lunch while waiting for the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Tournament price is $225 per golfer and includes the following:

18 Holes of golf with cart

Tournament gift

Lunch at Check-in

Snacks and drinks on the course

Contest Awards – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men and Women) and Hole-in-One

Cocktails and dinner in the dining room

Massages (provided by Massage Green)

Cold drinks (provided by Orange Ale House and Grill)

Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar and More)

The OEDC is accepting player registrations and tee sign sponsorships. Accommodations of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Call 203-891-1045 or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities.

Dinner only tickets for non-golfers are available for $60.

Sponsors include: Cohen and Wolf, Costco Wholesale, Eagle Leasing, Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg and Knuff, Massage Green, NORTHEAST Electronics, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Subway, and Tamaro Oil Corporation

Amity Class Of 1975 To Reunite After 40 Years

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Nov 162015

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 5.47.01 PMAh, 1975, the year when a mechanical shark named Bruce lurking in the waters off of “Amity” kept many of us away from the beach. But, at Amity High School Mike Gambardella and Debbie Brennan were tearing up the court for the Spartans Basketball teams. Andrea Barbato was the cheerleading MVP and Caroline Allen was that year’s Field Hockey superstar. Anthony Scillia was your Football hero and Timothy Maass was the beast at Ice Hockey. Robin Gordon and Frank DeGennaro were your athletes of the year.

Now it’s time for the Class of 1975 to come together again in one place, talk about the old days, favorite teachers, not so favorite teachers, athletic glory days, and sometimes even tell the truth about how a classmate hasn’t changed a bit since graduation.

The Amity Class of 1975 40-Year Reunion will take place at Race Brook Country Club, 249 Derby Avenue, on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 6-11 p.m.

Tickets are $75 per person, which includes Appetizers, Buffet Dinner, Dessert and Dancing. Cash Bar will be available.

Business Casual Dress — no powder blue tuxedos please.

To make your reservation, send a check made out to “Amity Class of 1975” to Mitch Goldblatt, 291 Drummond Road, Orange CT 06477.

For additional information, e-mail Mitch at mitchgoldblatt@aol.com.


Originally Published on: Oct 19, 2015 @ 00:50

Race Brook Country Club Named “Best Private Golf Club” in 2015 Poll

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Aug 112015

race brook CCRace Brook Country Club in Orange, Connecticut, which is recognized as one of the top private golf clubs in the state, has been voted by the readers of New Haven Living magazine as the 2015 Best Golf (Private) experience in their 3rd annual poll published in the August issue.  In citing Race Brook for the honor, the publication stated: “Historic Race Brook Country Club is as popular for weddings and events as it is for golf on its 27-hole venue.”

“We are so pleased that the readers of New Haven Living have voted Race Brook for the distinction as the best private golf club in the area for 2015,” said General Manager Jack Kealey. “The poll validates the hard work by our grounds, golf and clubhouse staffs to keep a high standard of excellence here.  Race Brook continues to thrive because of its dedicated membership and the quality of service we provide for outside special events and weddings.”

Race Brook, established in 1912, was founded and designed by Scottish native Robert D. Pryde. Pryde learned to play golf at his home course, Scotscraig Golf Club, and was apprenticed there as a club repairer and clubmaker.  He immigrated to the United States in 1892, settled in New Haven and later Orange, became Yale University’s first golf coach and found himself a sought after golf course architect.  To celebrate its centennial, Race Brook forged a sister club relationship with Scotscraig, the world’s 13th oldest golf club.

For information about Race Brook Country Club golf memberships that include a reciprocal arrangement with Scotscraig Golf Club in Scotland, contact General Manager Jack Kealey at (203) 389-9521 or jkealey@racebrook.org.  Visit www.racebrook.org to learn more about Race Brook’s rich history, its 27-holes of golf, first-class amenities and fine dining.

Obituary: Robert H. Kelly, 85, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 262015

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 12.57.56 PMRobert H. Kelly, 85, died on July 23, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Orange, her son Rick and wife Susan, and daughters Paige and Brooke of Atlanta, GA.

He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife Frances, and their children Ryan, Kevin and Corinne of Branford, CT; he is survived by his daughter, Barbara “Kelly” and her husband Jeff, and their children Caroline and Ian of Atlanta.

He also is survived by a sister, Bette, of Minneapolis, MN.

Robert was born on November 1, 1929, the son of Herbert and Margaret Kelly of Milford.

He was an avid golfer and lifelong member of Race Brook Country Club, where he was a former board member. He enjoyed his time as an assistant coach in both Pop Warner football and his son’s high school track and field team. He was an original member of the Orange Players’ Theater Group and acted in several productions.

He was president of the New England Oven & Furnace Co, of Orange, CT., where he worked until his retirement in 1995. He also served on the improvement committee for the town of Orange.

He traveled extensively with his wife and especially enjoyed visiting his extended family and friends in Atlanta.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment to follow at the Orange Center Cemetery. Memorial donations in his name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Autumn Brides, Come To The Bridal Fair

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Sep 042012

There’s no time like the present to register for the Bridal Fair 2012, taking place at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Nov. 4 from 11-3.  Admission is $5.

The event includes fashion shows, dance demos, treats, prizes, giveaways, a photo booth and more than 30 wedding professionals ready to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

Exhibitors to date include:
Amity Wine & Liquor • Capture It All Videos/Photo Booths • Chez Lollipop Candy Favors • Mary-Ann White/Coldwell Banker Real Estate • Epicure of Design • Ferrazzi Limousine Service • Flowers by Danielle • Fred Astaire Dance Studios • Frosted Couture Bakery • Georgina’s Hair Studio • Harold’s Bridal • Healing Hypnosis • Hilton Garden Inn/Milford • Inner Essence Spa

Also, James Daniel Entertainment/DJ featuring Big Daddy • Orange Restoration Labs • RSVP Studios Invitations • Sexson Photography • Sunspray Tans • Susan Noonan, J.P. • Dr. Sharon Weicman Chiro-Hcg Weight Loss • Two Guys Who Make Scents • Two Pour Guys Bartending • VIP • Whispers Lingerie and more to be announced.

For more information visit https://www.orangectchamber.com/wedding or call  203-799-3328

To register click HERE.

Race Brook Country Club, Orange Celebrates With A Bang, Bam, Boom

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Jun 272012

On Saturday, June 23, the sky over Race Brook Country Club in Orange lit up like the Fourth of July.

At 10 p.m., an Orange Live follower posted, “fireworks tonight??????”

The private fireworks were part of the Centennial celebration at Race Brook, founded in 1912.

This week, Race Brook is hosting the 110th Connecticut State Amateur Championship (June 25-29).

The club offered the following information on its 100-year history, along with photos by James Krajicek.

Race Brook Country Club

The Race Brook 14th hole and clubhouse.

In 1912, Robert D. Pryde, a Scottish immigrant who was Yale University’s first golf coach and a noted maker of golf clubs, gathered a group of men from New Haven, Orange, Derby and Ansonia at the Union League Club, in New Haven, for the purpose of creating a new golf club in addition to the New Haven Country Club that Pryde had designed earlier.

The result was Race Brook Country Club, whose first honorary member was former United States President William Howard Taft, who played golf at Race Brook from 1913 through 1921 while teaching at the Yale Law School.

The Honorable Rollin S. Woodruff, former Governor of the State of Connecticut, was Race Brook Country Club’s first president, where he remained a distinguished member until his death in 1925.

In 1924, Robert Pryde, along with the assistance of club president George H. Gamble, Sr., designed a second 18-hole course at Race Brook, which gave the club the distinction of being the first facility in New England to offer 36 holes of championship golf.

Race Brook Hole 2

In 2006, Race Brook Country Club was named the ninth recipient of the Distinguished Club Award by the Connecticut State Golf Association.

In addition to hosting the 2012 Connecticut State Amateur, for a fifth time, Race Brook has served as the venue for:  five Senior Amateurs; six State Opens; one State Mid-Amateur; one State Four-Ball Championship; the 2004 New England Amateur Championship and the 2006 Russell C. Palmer Stroke-Play Championship.

Throughout the one hundred year tenure of its rich history, Race Brook Country Club has been the site of some dramatic exhibition matches between prominent players, such as Harry Vardon and Ted Ray;  Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan;  Patty Berg, Pat O’Sullivan, Charlie Clare and Eddie Burke.

Race Brook also has been home to Pat O’Sullivan Lucey, only one of four amateurs ever to have won an LPGA tournament, the 1951 Titleholders Championship, and a member of the Connecticut State Golf Hall of Fame.

Race Brook Hole 8