But the course Bill and Henry Bednarski purchased had not been cut in years because of the wartime shortages. So the first thing they did was to set it on fire. “I went around the course with a walk-behind plow and furrowed all around the perimeter,” Bill Bednarski told The Post-Standard several years ago. When the wind was right, the brothers set two fires, the main one at the south end of the plot, and a backfire at the north end to keep the primary blaze from jumping over it. Within two hours the overgrowth was gone. What remained were the charred, but unmistakable contours of the old course.
Bill, who served as course superintendent for the next 50 years, and Henry then started growing grass. They opened the 10 holes south of the trolley line in 1947 and charged members $35 for dues. They opened the remaining 8 holes in 1948 and dues skyrocketed to $45.
Since 1949, Tuscarora Golf Club Inc, has leased the club from Bill and Henry (and now their children and grandchildren) and Tuscarora has continued to flourish as a club for golfers of all abilities. The club has hosted events sponsored by the Syracuse District Golf Association, the New York State Golf Association and the United States Golf Association. Numerous improvements to the course and clubhouse have been made throughout the years but today’s Tuscarora remains faithful to its roots.
It remains, as a brochure from its early days touts, “a championship course of the first caliber that tests the ability of the expert, but is designed primarily to make golf perpetually more interesting and fair to the average player.”