False alarm: Bomb threat called into Woodstock golf course cleared

bomb-silhouetteWoodstock’s first bomb threat since the late 1990s was called in to the Creekside Grill at the Woodstock Golf Club at approximately 5:50 p.m. Thursday, September 15. Within minutes, roads were closed down in the vicinity of the area, with Woodstock Fire Police and Fire Department volunteers diverting traffic at Chestnut Hill Road and Route 212, on Route 375 where it hits Millstream Road, and along Mill Hill Road heading west.

Road diversions were moved back to Route 212’s intersection with Zena Road and 375’s intersection with Maverick Road, with some noting diversions further afield.

The Creekside and neighboring buildings and entire golf course were evacuated and searched.


Members of the Woodstock, West Hurley and Centerville-Cedar Grove Fire Departments re-routed traffic away from the location. An explosives detection K-9 Unit from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the scene.

The area was cleared and the roads were re-opened at approximately 9 p.m.

In a conversation with Woodstock Police Chief Clayton Keefe after the area had been cleared, he noted “It’s best to clear at least 500 feet from the area. The Trailways bus stopped at the Woodstock School and the fire chief transported passengers into town from there.”

He added that this was the first bomb threat Woodstock’s had since the late 1990s, when a bomb threat was phoned in to the town’s Grand Union on Mill Hill Road, where a CVS Pharmacy now stands.


Paul Smart contributed to this report