PGA Professional Tim Quirk has been hired as the new director of golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Quirk replaces longtime Leatherstocking GC Director of Golf Dan Spooner, who has served in the position for 23 years. Spooner will assist the transition by serving as Leatherstocking GC’s Senior Director of Golf before retiring at the end of the 2019 season.
“We’re sad to see Dan leave us after so many years but are thrilled that we’ll have some transition time,” said Jim Miles, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at The Otesaga. “Dan’s will be big shoes to fill, but we know that Tim’s up to the challenge and look forward to seeing how he leads Leatherstocking into its next chapter.”
The Leatherstocking Golf Course sweeps along the western edge of Lake Otsego in the quintessentially American town of Cooperstown – home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the historic home of James Fenimore Cooper, author of the legendary Leatherstocking Tales.
The course welcomes guests of The Otesaga; its sister property, The Cooper Inn; local residents; and visitors to the village of Cooperstown.
Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet and offering panoramic vistas from almost every hole, Leatherstocking GC is considered one of the East’s most scenic and challenging resort golf courses. A prolific course architect in the early 1900s, Emmet also designed Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C.
“I consider Leatherstocking to be one of the most iconic golf facilities and resorts in the country,” Quirk said. “To be able to look at this lake every day out of the pro shop window is pretty exhilarating.”
Feature Photo: Leatherstocking Golf Course