Published in the August 19, 2015 edition
LYNNFIELD — It might be the small scope of the project, or the fact companies doing this kind of work are just too busy in other communities, but the King Rail Reserve Golf Course’s opening has been delayed because the town is having trouble finding a bidder to construct a temporary entrance road and parking lot off Market Street.
Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said this week the town-owned nine hole course on the edge of Reedy Meadow will open a couple of months later than anticipated because two bidding procedures have failed to yield a contractor. The first round of bids did not produce one company to do the work; the second brought one bid $45,000 over what is allocated for the job.
At one time town officials hoped to have the course open to the public in early July, but the public can’t yet get their cars to King Rail Reserve. Last week, a dirt access road was visible just before the LIFE complex known as Colonial Village, but its gentle slope leading down to what eventually will be the parking lot was still filled with rocks.
Boudreau said he now hopes for a fall opening for the course.
When King Rail Reserve does open, golfers will play an affordable par 35 nine-hole course measuring 2,695 yards from the longest tees. There will be five par 4 holes, one par 5 hole (the 440-yard third) and three par 3s, which includes the 95-yard closing hole.
A brochure printed by the Wakefield Item Company, which publishes this newspaper, shows greens fees prices as follows:
• Weekday Adult: $21 for nine holes, $31 for 18.
• Weekend and Holiday: $22 for nine, $32 for 18.
There are also reduced prices for seniors over 60 and juniors 18 and under.
A weekday special (except holidays and outings) offers two players with a golf cart for $44.
Memberships will also be available. A single playing Monday through Friday will pay $900 a season; with spouse, the cost is $1,200. A seven-day single membership will cost $1,000; with spouse, $1,300.
Juniors under the age of 18 will pay $300 a season and have seven day a week playing privileges.