RIPLEY - Patti and Ken Kalosky thought they were set.
Teachers in Vermont, the Kalosky’s already owned a home and had one child. However, things changed.
“My parents are from North East and my dad said there’s this golf course for sale,” Mrs. Kalosky said.
Soon after, only in their mid-20s, the Kalosky’s decided to purchase the Lakeside Golf Course.
“When we bought it, there was an old barn here, and on the side of the barn facing west in big letters on that (the owner) had painted ‘Lakeside Golf Course,” Mrs. Kalosky said. “So that’s why we kept the name.”
Located on Route 5 in Ripley, the course has been owned by Patti and Ken Kalosky for 32 years. The course features nine challenging holes, golf carts and a club house featuring beverages, hot dogs and other items. Lakeside Golf Course is open until October 31, but may stay open later depending on the weather.
“It was very run down,” Mrs. Kalosky remembered about when they first bought the course. “Hole 8 had no green to speak of They had burned the green somehow. There were little, teeny trees.”
However, with a little work, Mrs. Kalosky said she and her husband started to move the course in a new direction.
“We’ve done tons,” she said. “It’s a totally different course.”
But, with a cold and rainy summer and a downturn in the nation’s economy, Mrs. Kalosky said she has noticed a decline in the number of people interested in golf.
“You can’t make people golf in the rain,” she said.
And she’s seen the economy and other factors can impact any business.
“When we bought this 32 years ago, within those 32 years, 11 courses have gone in in the area,” Mrs. Kalosky said.
With Lake Erie on one side and grape vineyards providing scenery on the others, Lakeside Golf Course features holes to challenge all levels of golfer. Open from dusk to dawn and until October 31, the course is located on Route 5 in Ripley – just before the Pennsylvania stateline. It can be reached by calling 736-7637.
Lakeside Golf Course in Ripley offers 9 challenging holes for all level of golfer. It also features a clubhouse with beverages and snacks. Located on Route 5 just before the Pennsylvania stateline, the course is open from dusk to dawn and until October 31. Pictured above is Patti Kalosky, who owns the course with her husband, Ken.