Snowshoeing, Skiing Among Activities Allowed on 380-Acre Brookhaven Site this Winter
PORTER CORNERS – It’s that time of year again! While preparations are being made for the holidays, the newly remodeled Haven Tee Room at Brookhaven Golf Course in Porter Corners is already gearing up for snow.
The Haven Tee Room, open to both golfers and the general public, has made a name for itself with its lunch and dinner menu, banquets, weddings, full-service bar and comfortable atmosphere. Offering delicious homemade recipes using the freshest and finest ingredients available, many have made The Haven Tee Room their go-to spot. Now, owner and co-manager Kevin Canale and manager Van Johnson are preparing to extend those services through the winter months.
This snow season, a variety of winter activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding will be allowed on Brookhaven’s 380-acre site at no cost. With around 20 miles of trails that have been groomed for the last six years, the public park will be a great option for those looking to have some winter fun at snowfall.
“Brookhaven has made it a park, so it will forever be a town park,” said Canale. “We’ve got the opportunity to have groomed trails so we’re trying to build on that and offer indoor shelter, plumbing, warmth, and a bar and a restaurant which is uncommon at most cross-country places.”
Canale and Johnson say Brookhaven will be the only place in Saratoga County where people can do free winter activities and have an indoor facility with restrooms on site where they can warm up, get a bite to eat, have a drink and relax in a comfortable setting; thanks to The Haven Tee Room and Brookhaven Golf Course.
“Say if you have a family of four and the father wants to watch football but the other three want to go skiing, we can do it,” said Johnson. “He can come in here, watch football, grab a drink, and the others go skiing and when they’re done, they can all sit down and have dinner.”
While using the trails is free of cost, those looking to take advantage will have to bring their own equipment. Johnson and Canale are hoping equipment rentals will eventually be offered. There are also dog-friendly trails for Fido.
“We can have 140 people in here, 40 or so in the snack bar, we can offer them chili and soup and anything on the menu,” said Johnson. “We’ll have the fireplace going inside and we’re going to try to have a fire pit on the patio. We’re basically going to take a little bit of the lodge that you have at a ski center and apply it to ski trips here.”
After a successful summer and fall full of golf competitions, weddings, banquets, parties and other events with custom-arranged menus for parties of every size, Johnson and Canale are ready to welcome even more people to The Haven Tee Room this winter.
“I think this thing is going to take off,” said Johnson. “We’re hoping for snow, obviously. If we get an average snowfall, which we normally get, then we’re set. We’re just trying to give Saratoga, Wilton, the neighboring towns, a place to go that is very affordable. There’s nothing like this.”
The Haven Tee Room is now booking holiday parties and company events for the holiday season. Contact them at 222-9000 or 810-4152 for more information. Also, be sure to check www.thehaventeeroom.com for hours, as they are subject to change.