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January 18, 2012

Laurens golf course offers indoor simulators of famous courses

At Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens, golfing has become a year-round sport and business.

Colonial Ridge has installed two True Gold Prestige Simulators, owner Jeffrey Waffle said Tuesday. Golfers, who no longer have to put their clubs away for the winter, may choose from among 33 courses offered on the simulators, such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.

The simulators cost about $20,000 each and the business invested about $10,000 in renovations to complete the expansion, Waffle said. In previous years, the business would close for five months because of the weather, he said, but the simulators provide year-round golfing options.

The simulators were ready for use in December, Waffle said, and 28 teams are registered for an ongoing league. The simulators also are available for individuals and groups, he said, and the cost is $20 an hour.

Colonial Ridge, an 18-hole golf course, is located at 195 Bateman Road in Laurens. Waffle owns the business with his wife, Julene, and parents Glenn and Mona.

The Waffle family bought Cee Jay Golf Course in the spring of 2005. The additions of landscaping ponds and new tees have been among improvements made since the Waffle family purchase.

The facility was opened in 1971 by Clair Jacobsen and his wife, Lois, under the name of Cee Jay Golf Course, according to the business's website. The original nine-hole course was expanded to 18 holes in 1983.

Colonial Ridge hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but earlier and later tee times may be arranged, Waffle said. For more information, call 263-5291.

Fund makes Money magazine list

FAM Value Fund is included in the "Money 70" in Money magazine's January 2012 issue, a media release from Fenimore Asset Management in Cobleskill said.

The FAM Value Fund has been on Money's list of recommended mutual funds for seven consecutive years. Criteria to be among the "Money 70" are fees lower than category average, a strong record for putting shareholders first, a consistent strategy, experienced and trustworthy managers, and admirable long-term performance, the release said, and the list focuses on funds with characteristics of "lasting value."

John Fox co-manager of the FAM Value Fund said being on the list is an honor. Fenimore is an independent investment advisory firm.

Contractor accredited to assess building systems

Geo. Powers Construction Inc. of Oneonta has been accredited by the Building Performance Institute, according to a recent media release.

Builders accredited by BPI are trained in house-as-a-system methods of diagnosing problems in structures such as high energy bills, uneven temperatures from room to room, drafts, moisture, ice dams and mold, the release said. Problems are identified through comprehensive whole-home audits to find breakdowns among the structure's systems, and professionals can then prescribe improvements.

As a BPI accredited contractor, Geo. Powers Construction participates in the New York Home Performance with Energy STAR Program, which offers residential energy audits at no charge to homeowners. For more information, call 432-9284.

BPI is a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, e-mail details to drichardson@thedailystar.com or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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