Lido Golf Club closed for several weeks this past June as the Town of Hempstead took control of the course from longtime operator Double Eagle Golf.  The course reopened just as the summer began with a number of additions and minor changes to the course grounds and facilities.

Last month, Golf On Long Island's Lido veteran Anthony Dimino visited the South Shore course for the first time since its reopening under Hempstead control and documented some of the changes:

  • All previously dirt/gravel cart paths have been infilled with recycled glass (pictured)
  • Yardage markers added to driving range
  • New range balls
  • Landscaping, new paint and LED overhead lighting added to the range
  • New counter in clubhouse for check-in, separate from the old check-in at the Pro Shop
  • Fairway slimmed down on the 10th
  • Cart bridges rebuilt -- two on #16 and one between #16 and #17
  • No alcohol sold on the course; bar was not in use
  • Improvements to exterior of halfway house; bathroom fixtures changed out, metal doors, etc. (includes the bathrooms near the 12th green/15th green)

"Fairways, greens and tee boxes were all in excellent shape.  Rough was thick throughout; a couple of patchy spots, otherwise solid.  Bunkers, as always, need work -- not much change from before."

"Teed off at roughly 8:40 a.m. and finished at 1:20 p.m.  Waited on a few holes, but for a Sunday morning round, under five hours was good."

GOLI reader Steve C. also chimed in via Facebook:  "I have played both courses (Lido and Merrick Road Park GC) for well over 30 years and they are in the best condition I have ever seen."