75 year old golf course has new owners and menu

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Co-owners Leroy Frazier and Cristina Grondin, stand in front of the newly constructed patio, June 10, 2021. (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

A little out of the way, on the north edge of the city, lays a gem which has stood the test of time for over seven decades.

Started in 1944 by Jane and Harvey Barsanti Sr., the Root River Golf Course has seen generations of players and diners throughout it’s seven decades of existence. SaultOnline visited the facility to see what was new after it had recently changed hands.

Leroy Frazier worked feverishly to finish preparations for patio opening earlier this week as golfers teed off on the first hole nearby. The happy chattering and sound of driver meeting ball sets a unique atmosphere for the restaurant and new patio.

Frazier along with his wife Leanne paired up with Dustin and Cristina Grondin to purchase the long-standing family business. Frazier was happy that for the last few weeks the golf course had been able to open up, it helped, where some other businesses had nothing. With that said he is really excited to show off the new patio and food the restaurant has to offer.

A newly poured cement pad means they can now host up to 40 diners along the back edge the first tee box. Diners can watch the action on the course while enjoying many of their old favorites, along with some new culinary offerings.

With the addition of a new chef, Derek Babuik, comes the addition of some new dishes. However, Frazier says traditional time tested offerings will remain in place.

“We still are going to feature a homemade pastas and one of our feature dishes is going to be, when it comes to pasta colossal ravioli which is handmade in house,” said Frazier. “It has a meat and cheese filling, an ounce of filling in each ravioli, with five raviolli in a serving. We’re excited to to serve that to our returning and new customers.”

If you’ve come for the golfing rather than the dining experience, the course is in pristine condition thanks to the hard work of course superintendent Richard Barsanti and his assitant Craig McBride. According to Frazier they have put in many hours making the course play great, in addition to getting the new patio ready to go.

To book a tee time, make reservations, or order take-out from the menu you can go to rootriverco.com. The website sums up the hopes and dreams of the new owners,

“The Barsanti family passes on so many great traditions and they leave some massive shoes to fill. It is our mission to continue to add memories, traditions, smiles and new friendships to our ever growing extended family of Root goers. We look forward to seeing everyone at the course and restaurant. When you see a Barsanti, please give them a big hug and thank them for building this small piece of paradise, literally from the ground up.”

Those shoes, although massive, are in good hands moving fore-ward.

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