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Hales Mills Country Club, a premier 18-hole golf course in Johnstown, just completed numerous improvements to
the course including the addition of a practice bunker, new tees on holes #3 and #10 and new drainage on hole #12.

In addition, last year Hales Mills added a set of orange tees on each hole to provide a shorter version of the course. According to Roy Dykeman, General Manager at Hales Mills Country Club, “Now you don’t have to hit the ball long to enjoy our great conditions.”

If you’re looking to put some variety into your game this year, Hales Mills offers a great reciprocal program
that allows members to play two times per month at any of their participating courses for only $20, cart included.
Participating courses include: Canajoharie Country Club, Mohawk Valley Country Club, Cobleskill Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Shamrock Golf & Country Club, Fox Run and Pioneer Hills Golf Club. Calling ahead to check availability is recommended.

Shawn Bond returns this year to the Hales Mills team as a golf pro. Bond offers clinics and individual lessons.
For the latest information and schedule of clinics, visit the website at: www.halesmillscountryclub.com.
Or check out Hales Mills on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HalesMills.

Outing packages are a great value for group event planners. The Clubhouse can comfortably accommodate
200+ people with banquet menus available to suit all your dining needs.

Hales Mills also has a great Pro Shop on the premises with all the brands you are looking for including Titleist,
Callaway, Taylor Made, Under Armour, and Foot Joy.

When you visit Hales Mills, golf is not the only attraction. Chef Brad Saunders, formerly the co-owner of the
Rail Yard Restaurant, is a culinary master when it comes to artistically prepared dishes. Saunders completely
transformed the menu to serve only the freshest of ingredients.

There is nothing frozen or prepackaged in his kitchen… everything is handmade. Saunders also believes in local sourcing for his menu items. Some of his signature recipes from the Rail Yard are now on the menu at Hales Mills. His creamy seafood bisque, chocked full of scallops, crab, lobster and clams has been extremely popular.

“I would stack the food in our restaurant  up against any restaurant in the area. We range from burgers and wings to fresh tuna, steak, etc.,” remarked Dykeman. The Clubhouse also offers many weekly specials including the popular Prime Rib Fridays.

The grounds of Hales Mills are exceptionally manicured with beautiful year-round views of the surrounding hills, making it an ideal venue for weddings and receptions.

The restaurant, under Chef Saunders’ leadership, also offers off-premise catering for events ranging from 25 or more guests.

For more information about scheduling your special event call (518)736-4622. Or, visit them online at www.halesmillscountryclub.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HalesMills. Hales Mills Country
Club is located at 146 Steele Rd, Johnstown, NY.

“I would stack the food in our restaurant up against any restaurant inthe area.” — Roy Dykeman, General Manager

Fulton County Express

Hales Mills Country Club, a premier 18-hole golf course in Johnstown, just completed numerous improvements to the course including a complete remap of the 7th Hole — including three new bunkers, some drainage and some resodding — and a brand new tee box on the 18th Hole, which will be playable as soon as they open this spring. The greens are fast and in really good shape. According to Roy Dykeman, General Manager at Hales Mills Country Club, “We’re going to make changes to the practice facility and more general improvements, making it better than it already was.”

If you’re looking to put some variety into your game this year, Hales Mills offers a great reciprocal program that allows members to play two times per month at any of their participating courses for only $20, cart included. Participating courses include: Canajoharie Country Club, Mohawk Valley Country Club, Cobleskill Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Shamrock Golf & Country Club, Fox Run and Pioneer Hills Golf Club. Calling ahead to check availability is recommended.

Shawn Bond has recently joined the Hales Mills team as a golf pro. Bond has previously worked at Northway 8 in Clifton Park for 12 years and served as a former head pro at Pine Brook Golf Course in Gloversville. Bond offers clinics and individual lessons. For the latest information and schedule of clinics, visit the website at: www.halesmillscountryclub.com. Or check out Hales Mills on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HalesMills.

Outing packages are a great value for group event planners. Weekday outings are $35 per person and weekend events are $40 per person. Greens fee and cart fee is included along with a $5 per person merchandise card for the Pro Shop and a $5 per person Restaurant credit. The Clubhouse can comfortably accommodate 200+ people with banquet menus available to suit all your dining needs.

Hales Mills also has a great Pro Shop on the premises with all the brands you are looking for including Titleist, Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Under Armour, Adidas and Foot Joy.

When you visit Hales Mills, golf is not the only attraction. Chef Brad Saunders, formerly the co-owner of the Rail Yard Restaurant, is a culinary master when it comes to artistically prepared dishes. Saunders completely transformed the menu to serve only the freshest of ingredients. There is nothing frozen or prepackaged in his kitchen … everything is handmade. Saunders also believes in local sourcing for his menu items. Some of his signature recipes from the Rail Yard are now on the menu at Hales Mills. His creamy seafood bisque, chocked full of scallops, crab, lobster and clams has been extremely popular. “I would stack the food in our restaurant up against any restaurant in the area. We range from burgers and wings to fresh tuna, steak, etc.,” remarked Dykeman. The Clubhouse also offers many weekly specials including the popular Prime Rib Fridays.

The grounds of Hales Mills are exceptionally manicured with beautiful year-round views of the surrounding hills, making it an ideal venue for weddings and receptions. The restaurant, under Chef Saunders’ leadership, also offers off-premise catering for events ranging from 25 or more guests.

For more information about scheduling your special event call (518)736-4622. Or, visit them online at www.halesmillscountryclub.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HalesMills. Hales Mills Country Club is located at 146 Steele Rd, Johnstown, NY.

Brad Saunders Is The New Chef At Hales Mills Country Club

Story and photos by Lauren Halligan
Gloversville – There’s a new cook in the kitchen at Hales Mills Country Club, and he’s ready to impress. Brad Saunders, formerly co-owner of The Rail Yard Restaurant, took on a new endeavor as head chef at the country club’s year-round restaurant earlier this fall, and he’s already changing things up in a big way.

Saunders has entirely revamped the menu, which will be rolling out this December. “I freshened everything up,” Saunders said. That means nothing frozen, nothing from a bag or box, and nothing pre-done, he explained.

“Everythings handmade – that’s kind of my big thing. I do everything from scratch.”

From appetizers, to sauces to salad dressings, everything is freshly made in house, nothing is bought in. Take the mozzarella sticks for example. Saunders actually makes the cheese himself, hand breads it and fries it to
order.
Anything that isn’t produced on the premises, comes from a local vendors. “I like the money to stay local and go to small family-owned companies,” Saunders said. All the restaurant’s fresh seafood is from Antonucci’s Wholesale Produce, right in Gloversville. And the meat is from Bowman’s Market, also right in Gloversville. Bowman’s even created a new custom burger grind just for Hales Mills. Burgers now all come on ciabatta rolls with handcut fries.
Saunders has the right idea on how to run a restaurant:

“I just think that we should offer things that you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “The food should define the restaurant”

With these changes Hales Mills Country Club isn’t just a place to golf, or to throw a party, it’s also a unique and delicious place to eat any day or night of the week.

The new menu features exquisite dishes like wasabi glazed Ahi or a 20-ounce prime cut porter steak, as well as local favorites like chicken and broccoli Alfredo and chicken Marsala.

For fans of The Rail Yard, you’re in luck. Chef Saunders has brought some of his signature recipes with him to Hales Mills Country Club, like the creamy and chock-full seafood bisque made with scallops, lobster, crab and clams. Saunders started cooking 18 years ago, under Chef Bill Thetford at Castlerock Restaurant & Bar in Gloversville. “I worked next to him for five years and he taught me everything he knew,” Saunders said.

“That’s the best culinary school there is, if you’re fortunate enough to apprentice with somebody that really knows what they’re doing,” he added.

From Thetford, Saunders learn the old fashion ways of cooking, including the dedication and know-how to make everything from scratch.

Now, Saunders’ fellow cooks at Hales Mills Country Club, Jeff Mayer, Adam Snell and  Justin Peeler, work hard in the kitchen sticking to these traditional values.

As head of Hales Mills Country Club’s restaurant, “My first order of operations was to change the menu and
freshen everything up,” Saunders said. Once that’s done, it’s all about being consistent. “I’m huge on consistency,” he said.

“I want everything to taste the same – and taste great – every single time somebody comes.”

For the winter season, Hales Mills Country Club is open Wednesday through Saturday. Each day brings new daily specials for lunch and dinner. Wednesday is Wing Night. Thursday is Mexican Night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with authentic Mexican tacos, chimichangas, burritos and enchiladas, as well as margarita and Corona drink specials.

Prime Rib Fridays are a cannot-miss weekly offering, featuring a succulent 14-ounce prime rib with bread, choice of salad, roasted potatoes and vegetables for only $19.95.

Going forward, Hales Mills Country Club has lots more changes planned for 2015. The restaurant will very soon begin offering off premise catering in addition to in-house, for parties ranging from 25 to 200 guests. “I’ve always liked doing weddings and banquets, that’s my kind of stuff,” Saunders said.

Hales Mills Country Club is now booking holiday parties, too! For more information visit www.halesmillscountryclub.com, like Hales Mills Country Club on Facebook or call 736-4622.

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