Stambaugh golf clubhouse gets a lift from the rough

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Henry Stambaugh Golf Course is getting a much-needed face-lift thanks to the work of Boak & Sons of Austintown. Here, Jason Thompson works on the side of the clubhouse.

By David Skolnick


The exterior of the Henry Stambaugh Golf Course’s clubhouse is undergoing its first major repair work since it was built 59 years ago.

The $12,500 project, being done by Boak & Sons of Austintown, includes replacing rusty gutters and downspouts with new ones, repairing window sashes and trim, caulking cracks and painting the clubhouse.

The work should be done shortly, said David Boos, who manages the city-owned golf course.

During rainstorms, water was gathering near the building’s foundation, porch and steps, he said.

The city is paying $9,500 of the clubhouse improvement costs with $3,000 coming from a Youngstown Foundation grant obtained by the Friends of Stambaugh Golf Course, an organization created by a group of golfers to raise money for improvements to the facility.

“We want to do everything we can to make the course nice for the customers,” Boos said.

The city-owned course on the North Side opened in 1923. The clubhouse was built in 1953.

In addition to the $3,000 from the Youngstown Foundation, the Friends organization has raised about $6,600, said John Russo, the organization’s chairman of the board.

The group, founded in March 2011, has $5,008.63 left after providing money for other improvement work at the course, he said.

That work includes: new sand for bunkers, refurbishing the 12-foot-high mesh metal fence on the course’s 7th hole and providing new netting for it, new yard markers for the course, and building new ladies tee boxes on the 7th and 9th holes.

The Friends organization is asking Boos what should be done with the rest of the money.

Boos said he wants new tables, chairs and a television for the clubhouse’s interior to make it more inviting for golfers.

Also needed are landscaping work around the clubhouse and the course, an upgrade to the golf-cart fleet and a golf-course mower.

Those wanting to contribute to the Friends of Stambaugh Golf Course can do so at the PNC Bank at Union Square, 2533 Belmont Ave., Youngstown 44505.

On Boos’ dream list is a new irrigation system for the course, something that he said would cost at least $200,000.

The system was installed in 1938.

“It’s the original system,” Boos said. “It’s in constant need of repair.”

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