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Sodus Bay Heights recognized for contributions to Wayne County economy

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The Sodus Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Sodus Bay Heights Golf Course with a Milestone Award, recognizing its significant contributions since its founding in 1924. The golf course, which began with 40 charter members, celebrated its first golf season in 1925. It has since evolved, thanks to key figures like its first president James A. Bashford and golf architecture student Robert Trent Jones Sr., who played a pivotal role in the course’s development and expansion.

Over the years, Sodus Bay Heights Golf Course underwent numerous transformations, including the addition of asphalt tennis courts in the 1930s, receiving a liquor license and installing slot machines in the 1940s, and offering special membership privileges in the 1950s. The course expanded to 18 holes in 1969 after acquiring additional land, and it continued to see improvements and accolades into the 1970s and beyond, including a major renovation that modernized the clubhouse and facilities.

The recent decade has seen the creation of the Reserve Cup, dedication of the grill room to Robert Trent Jones Sr., and a redesign of the 9th green by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The club has also witnessed significant personnel changes, with long-serving members retiring and new stewards stepping in. This history of growth and community involvement has solidified Sodus Bay Heights Golf Course’s status as a landmark in the local sporting and social scene.