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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that April 26, 2008 will mark the official opening of the Mercer County Park Commission's 2008 golf season.

"Although we try to keep our courses open all year long, April has always been the traditional start of the golf season," said Hughes. "Our four courses have never looked better and county golfers can expect the very best value, conditions, and service at our facilities."

Many golfers have already been out on the links this year and attest to the great conditions and the new amenities.

"Golfers will notice a fresh new look to our fully stocked golf shops, new web site - and helpful staff ready to make their experience second to none," said Kevin Bannon, Executive Director of the Mercer County Park Commission.

The courses at Mercer Oaks, Mountain View, and Princeton Country Club have all benefited from extensive pre-season preparation which included aerifying, seeding, and irrigation upgrades.

Mountain View: Besides being the first full year in the award-winning clubhouse, July 27, 2008 will mark the official 50th anniversary of the course. A fun-filled week is planned with price roll-backs, food specials, and the celebration culminating with a golf outing. Special-edition merchandise is available now in the golf shop.

Irrigation system upgrades and repairs will further enhance playability while reducing the need for watering during playing hours. Greens speed and consistency will continue to improve as the season progresses. Goals for 2008 will be to continue to improve aesthetics on the course and around the clubhouse/banquet facility, fine-tune playing conditions, turf quality and consistency.

Princeton Country Club: A large-scale tree and turf health management program is under way to improve the quality of the golf course turf and trees. Turf areas are being reseeded with shade tolerant grasses. Turf areas are improving as a result of the increased sunlight from tree-trimming. Other improvements include new course fairway markings, newly paved cart paths and upgraded picnic area, playground and softball field.

Mercer Oaks: The County's 36-hole facility is in great early season shape and is poised to offer golfers the unique challenges that only the Oaks' diverse holes can provide.