The Raptor found himself out at Lake View CC (LVCC) last August
22, for the annual CPA Golf Tournament (won by Dave Hewett, with
The Raptor finishing a distant 5th due to diminished skills) and
while prepping for the shotgun start snapped a picture of the
nearly finished "Practice Facility" which occupies the spot
which was at one time the Driving Range.
|The LVCC Practice Facility
- Soon To Open...
This new facility is a wonderful addition to an already
awesome golf club and it is sure to create a buzz when it
officially opens, later this year.
It had dawned on The Raptor while lunching with long time
golf pal, Tom Bean that this facility and it's four "practice
greens" (Is there four?), need some names. This is for several
reasons but most importantly to create some long term
recognition for the valiant members who shouldered the
responsibility of making Lake View great.
Go back with The Raptor to the early 1980's when the Practice
Facility was still a driving range for some background. For
those of you who can remember, the range was in that location
perhaps to the middle 1990's but in 1983 it was of constant
concern over the periodic missiles which flew off the less
accurate woods of the day and placed many a car out on Route 89
in peril. There are no doubt countless stories of little old
ladies and big skinhead biker types who were beneficiaries of a
cracked windshield courtesy of a wicked hook (or slice if hit by
Mike Capotis) delivered by one of Lake View's finest. Then
there are other stories of unfortunate SOB's who took a shot to
the nogin while waiting on the 8th tee...The Raptor liked
equating the 8th as "The Killing Field". There are still other
stories of the shots which smashed into the old half way house.
There were only a few "big hitters" who could pull off the half
way house...there are probably a few anecdotes of some
unfortunate wedding party attempting to get a group shot at the
gazebo that got peppered by someone (more than likely on
The Raptor recalls vividly the lament of past Board Member Bob
Munson (who was also an insurance agent) talking about this
subject at annual meeting(s). One member (name unknown)
suggested putting up a sign at the range which would somehow
indemnify the club from liability and Bob said "you can't "sign"
away your liability"...rim shot please...
Anyhow, the LVCC membership and Board breathed a sigh of relief
when the new range was constructed...for the most part.
Naturally there were some who complained about THAT range
putting players on hole #10 in peril...it's a Catch 22.
Now fast forward to the present. Not only do the practice
facility holes need names but the facility itself needs a name
so why not call it "The Robert Munson Memorial Practice
Facility" or The Munson for short. Then, the holes could be
named for legendary members like Weinheimer, Spicher, "Mad Dog"
and Krull. Conversely, instead of members, the names could be
comprised of LVCC Head Professionals such as Wargo, Kaye, Clover
and Crane....well....let's skip that idea. But, it is most
important to note that a special meeting of the bylaws committee
should be called to make sure not to name any of the
I guess I like to bring back Bob Munson on this story as it is a
foregone conclusion that golf balls are once again going to end
up out on Route 89. Tom suggested that a shot of 125 to 150
yards is possible by going from the area close to the green by
hole 18 all the way to the hole that is close to the edge of the
driving range near 89. So, in a future scenario, you could have
say....Rick Carlotti standing by at Spicher while Dave Hewett is
plying his game up yonder at Mad Dog and Rick decides he has had
enough of Dave's birdie barrages so he decides to send out a
little "chin music" but inadvertently "bellies" an eight iron
which rockets out onto 89, where it caroms off of Ellery
Tarbell's new Ferrari Dino....Ellery, startled by the
encroachment veers out of control and plows into the house over
the hill and takes out that guys kitchen...hhhhhhmmmmm....this
could get interesting!
The Raptor played on several occasions at
LVCC this season and the facility was in fabulous shape. As
usual, the fairways were the best as they have been for many
years. The turf has an interesting quality in that the ball
tends to "stand up" and this makes shot playing a tad easier...
LVCC has been given a chance to flourish
again due to the altruistic intentions of gentlemen like Chuck
Ollinger, Lloyd Krull and Tom Wilkinson who came to the plate with
some ideas and some cash to eliminate a pesky loan with the bank.
In the Clubhouse, the management team has
engaged The Mercyhurst College Restaurant Program to help staff
the facility but...Chef Rob Evers still handles the kitchen
As the winter season progresses The Raptor
hopes to expand on this page and perhaps get a byline going from
one of LVCC's prominent members...stay tuned