Construction at the Mosholu Golf Course to throw a wrench in golfers' swings

Starting next season, golfers at the Mosholu Golf Course are in for some major changes as construction on the recently approved water filtration plant is slated to begin.

Construction for the billion-dollar filtration plant, which will be built beneath the golf course, will temporarily force the 300-yard driving range to be cut in half, the ninth hole to be closed, and the first hole to be shortened. In addition, the clubhouse will close and a temporary one will open in its place.

The construction will take at least five years with course holes rotating during that time. Staff at the course say the minor inconveniences will be well worth it. Barry McLaughlin, who runs the course, says in the end Mosholu will be a nicer nine-hole course and driving range, and a nicer place to visit. Construction is expected to begin in November.

Meantime, the water filtration plant has sparked controversy with community groups threatening to sue the city.

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