MARCY - Steve Nacewicz grew up in
Marcy playing golf at Crestwood Golf Club.
Some 27 years after first joining the club,
the 44-year-old, is now calling the shots
as part-owner of one of Central New
York's finest layouts.
"It was always a dream of mine," Nacewicz
said. "Who wouldn't want to be the owner
of the club that you grew up playing?"
Nacewicz was a member at Crestwood
from 1985-1991. He won the club
championship in 1990 and 1991. After
turning professional in 1992, he became
the head professional at Teugega Golf
Club in Rome in 1995 and remained there
until January of this year when he began
finalizing the deal to become Crestwood's
co-owner with Barb Presky.
Crestwood Golf Club is a semi-private
facility established in 1955, this 18-hole
design offers a challenging layout and
It features 7,000 yards of golf from the
longest tees for a par of 72. The course
rating is 71.0 and it has a slope rating of
121. It now has added more tee boxes to
be more player-friendly for all levels.
Crestwood is aiming to join successful
Utica-area facilities such as Hidden
Valley, Twin Ponds, Stonebridge and
Valley View, which all have a nice course
layouts, while also providing great
amenities and player-friendly
environments during and after golf.
What Crestwood can offer, that the
previously mentioned courses can't, is the
length to further challenge the lower
Crestwood can play longer than 7,000
yards and will require use of every club in
But Crestwood Golf Club hasn't been the
same in quite a while, as course
conditions have eroded because
agronomy standards have been
neglected in recent years.
Nacewicz and his team, which includes
former Teugega Superintendent Alan
Tomlinson, had a good idea of the
undertaking they had in store before they
even closed on the deal Feb. 17.
The course itself is still undergoing a
massive transformation that includes:
--Limbing hundreds of trees to USGA
Standards to improve airflow, turf quality,
lighting and drainage.
--Already removing 50 trees and will
remove 25-50 more trees that are
hindering play, agronomy practices and
movement around the course
--All nine waterways will be brought back
to original specifications.
--Removal of weeds and trees from
waterways to restore mirrored ponds and
--Remove overgrowth from traps to help
bring nine bunkers back to original size
--Clearing out a driving range off of 14th
--A new fleet of 48 EZGO carts.
--Added three green mowers, three
fairway mowers, a rough mower and three
The team is also aiming to extend the
parking lot and is adding a new pavilion
for the picnic area for the 2013 season.
"It's an incredible amount of work and
we're not even close to being where we
want," Nacewicz said. "There's 278 acres
of land to work on ... that is a huge area.
In comparison, Teugega had around 186
acres. We still have so much to do, but
we're getting there."
Improving the facilities was nearly as vital
as what's been done on the course itself.
Presky, along with the tireless help from
both the Nacewicz and Presky families,
have refurbished the 5,100 square-foot
The clubhouse now includes a new pro
shop, the 19th Grille bar/dining area,
players' lounge, men's and women's
locker rooms, as well as an outdoor picnic
area that is currently being expanded and
"We did a complete update of the entire
clubhouse," Presky said. "From the pro
shop, the locker rooms, the lounge, the
bar, and dining area, it's all been redone.
"We wanted to create an environment
that is a warm, friendly atmosphere and is
a comfortable place to eat, and spend
some relaxing time with your friends."
Now over two months since closing,
Crestwood has enjoyed a strong start to
its season. The beautiful March weather
and a decent beginning to April had the
parking lot at near capacity several days.
The club already has over 170 members,
compared to less than 10 in 2011.
"We're very pleased with the community's
support and the encouragement from our
golfers," Nacewicz said. They realize the
process that we are undergoing, and they
are all saying its great and that they are
seeing improvements on a weekly, or
even daily, basis."
Many of that crowd, include a large
number of returning past members and
golfers who frequented Crestwood,
before leaving for various reasons.
"From what it was two months ago, to
what it is now, is incredible," said Mike
Gillett, a current member and past player
"Once we get some more water, I would
say by the middle of June, or maybe even
before that, the place will be in really
good shape. With the knowledge that
Steve and his team have, this will again
be a prestigious public course in Central
That's pretty close to what the team at
Crestwood had envisioned from the
"We want to provide a very comfortable
place to come and play on a great layout
and hang out afterwards," Nacewicz said.
"We hope to offer a private club
experience at an affordable public rate."
Crestwood is off to an encouraging new
beginning, and is on its way to becoming
a jewel on the Central New York golf map.
Owners: Steve Nacewicz and
Head Professional: Steve Nacewicz
Assistant Pro: Taylor Brockway
Superintendent: Alan Tomlinson
Support Team: Dick and Grace Presky
Ed and Fran Nacewicz and families.
Others: Joe Rutkowski of Mohawk Valley
Materials, Adirondack Bank and Attorney
Profiles of the Team
|Restoring the glory to one
of Central New York's
Former Crestwood member now part owner at home course
ABOVE: A view from behind
the 6th tee box as players shoot
at the par-3.
RIGHT: A sign signaling the
reopening of Crestwood Golf
Hundreds of trees have already been limbed as shown in the above
two photos, while many are next in line like these trees (pictured
below) that border the 10th green and 7th tee box.
A cart path is in the process of being cleared out and improved
between the par-5 15th green and the par-4 16th tee. Previously
it was difficult to walk through the original path as overgrowth
ABOVE: Plenty of limb and overgrowth removal is taking place on a
ABOVE: The parking lot at Crestwood has seen a lot more action
this season and will be expanded in 2013 to further accommodate
the growing business.
BELOW: All the hole signs were cleaned and returned to their
original looks. The signs had become unreadable.
ABOVE: A zoomed-in look at what will be the new driving range at Crestwood Golf Club. The range's tee box will
border the 14th tee box.
A foursome tees off on the par-3 8th hole.
ABOVE: A new picnic area is under construction in between
the clubhouse and the practice green.