Perfect Match

Conley Resort and Golf Club, Suncrest Golf and Grille have compelling partnership

May 15, 2019 Cranberry Local Sports

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A foursome finishes up their round on the 18th hole at Conley Resort and Golf Club. St. Barnabas Health Systems owns both Conley Resort and Golf Club and Suncrest Golf and Grille and have merged the two courses into a partnership that provides residents of the retirement community an opportunity to golf at either course an unlimited amount of times at no fee.

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Conley Resort and Golf Club, along with Suncrest Golf and Grille, have one that has become quite popular with golfers from out of town — and even in town.

“We have visitors who park their cars here when they arrive, stay a few days and never get back in their cars until they leave,” said Douglas Day, president of both entertain facilities.

Both are owned by St. Barnabas, enabling residents of the retirement community to golf either course an unlimited amount of times at no fee.

Those residents schedule tee times like anyone else.

“Some people believe the residents can show up whenever they want and just get on the course,” Day said. “That's not the case. We keep play moving and that's why we recommend tee times for everyone.

“While golf is obviously a big part of what we offer here, there is so much more. We consider ourselves to be in the entertainment industry and we want to make people want to keep coming back.

“This the fourth year St. Barnabas has owned both facilities and we feel like we've gotten better every year,” he added.

Besides the two 18-hole golf courses at Conley and Suncrest, there is a 60-room hotel on the grounds at Conley. From there, golfers can take a cart to play either course.

At various points, the courses are separated only by a tree line.

“You can hook a shot off the No. 7 tee at Conley and wind up on the No. 14 fairway at Suncrest,” Day said. “The courses are truly neighbors.”

Conley is also home to Knicker's Tavern, which offers different modes of entertainment nightly. Monday is Bings and Wings, a form of bar bingo. Tuesday is karaoke and rib night, Wednesday is live music, Thursday is D.J. trivia.

Friday is seafood, Saturday is prime rib and Sunday is Family Day, when kids can eat for 99 cents.

The Pirate Cove, an indoor water facility particularly attractive to kids, is also available at Conley.

The Suncrest Grille has been totally renovated and can seat 75 people. It has a culinary staff and variety on the menu.

“We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from that Grille,” Day said.”Our operation's entire ficus is on hospitality. We want our patrons to feel comfortable, welcome and taken care of.

“Our golfers at Suncrest love the Grille and non-golfers do go out there and enjoy it as well.”

The Conley-Suncrest facility offers 101 stay and play packages. This year, there are 103 single-day events scheduled between the two courses and the courses are home to 42 golf leagues.

“We have people come in from Canada, Cleveland, New York and other places to take advantage of the stay and play packages,” Day said. “They're thrilled with the experience. Like I said, they often times never have to get back in their car while they're here.”

Neal Finn, as graduate of the turf management program at Penn State University, is superintendent of both golf courses.

“He takes care of all 46 holes and takes ownership of both courses,” Day said. “Neal treats those courses like they were his own yard. Our tees and greens are second to no one's as a result.

“These courses are public, of course, but they are of country club caliber.”

Day added that the course is often most open for play after 10 a.m. on Fridays or early afternoons on Sundays.

“There is a lot of competition around here in golf and entertainment,” he said. “We recognize that and we respond to that. People have a good time here. That's what's most important.”

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John Enrietto

John Enrietto

I graduated with a Journalism degree from Ohio University in 1979. I started at the Eagle on August 24, 1997. My awards include 2nd place in feature writing from Ohio Associated Press (while working for the Steubenville Herald-Star), media award from Lernerville Speedway and 3rd place in a Pennsylvania AP contest for story feature.