Weather can be unpredictable, and it can make or break a season, but this year Mother Nature has been on the side of the golf course. This is especially true for Perry Noun and the team at Timber Banks, a resort style golf course with several hundred residences, located just north of Syracuse in Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Noun, the General Manager at Timber Banks, said the course is about two months ahead of schedule compared to conditions at this time last year. “Lots of people are coming out earlier than they usually do with the nice weather,” Noun said. “The golf course is progressing fast.”
Timber Banks is a combination golf course and residential community, featuring 638 residences including resort style apartments, cottages, villas, single family homes and estate homes, covering nearly 900 acres.
“Whether you’re a golfer or not, people kind of like the tranquil [atmosphere],” Noun said of the golf course-style of living. Half of Timber Banks’ acreage is remaining open green space. “There are birds flying around, you can sit on the back porch every night and watch everything.”
In addition to the community lifestyle, Noun said what is really setting Timber Banks apart is the golf academy. In addition to working with PGA pros and instructors, students also consult with a team of physical therapists, sports psychologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists, and take required classes on golf etiquette, rules, history and course management.
“When you get into the academy it’s like going back to school,” Noun said. “I believe we can lower your scores better than anyone else in the country.”
The 7,200-yard course has plenty of optical pleasures, with the back nine situated along the SenecaRiver, and the lush forest cutting along the front nine. “We’ve got probably seven or right signature holes,” Noun said, noting that his personal favorite is hole number two, a dog leg left par five. “It just depends on what you like.”
All 18 holes at Timber Banks, in addition to the driving range, are open for play. The resort has partnered with the Syracuse Area Golf Association to bring in more golfers and potential homeowners, all in an overall effort to make Syracuse a “destination city” to compete with the likes of Orlando and Myrtle Beach, Noun said.