Monday, August 23, 2010

Ghost Hunters Features Otesaga Hotel in Wednesday's Show

Ghost Hunters, which appears on the Syfy Channel, is kicking off the season Wednesday (8/25) at 9 p.m. Eastern time with an episode on the Otesaga Resort Hotel, which is also a chapter in my book, "Haunted Golf." Rachel Donnelly, my friend who first told me about the Otesaga after having worked there and is quoted in "Haunted Golf," was extensively interviewed by Ghost Hunters but we'll have to wait and see if she made the cut. One person who is in the book but refused to talk with Ghost Hunters is Bill June. Bill shies away from publicity, for the most part, but was kind enough to sit down with me for close to an hour when I visited the Otesaga and relate some of the encounters he's had while working at the hotel. His stories really make the chapter.

I doubt that it will make even the briefest appearance, but the Leatherstocking Golf Course that is connected to the hotel is a wonderful design. Devereux Emmet is the architect of the original 9 and was involved with expanding the course to 18. A magazine piece Emmet wrote about the addition tantalizes readers with the intimation that other architects were on site advising him, but Emmet never lists names. With his connection to C.B. Macdonald, it may have been him and/or Seth Raynor. For now, it's a mystery.

(My photo is of the par-3 12th)

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