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To the Editor: How is the Golf Course Doing?

“How is the golf course doing?” I am often asked. The condition of the Country Club of Woodbridge course continues to improve as consistent, professional attention is being paid by Billy Casper Golf, the town’s manager. A large drainage project was recently completed, extensions of the cart paths are scheduled for October and renovation of bunkers – some not all – is planned for the late fall/early winter, weather permitting. All of these projects will improve the course and are paid for out of operating revenues.

The weather has been much better in 2014, which has been a help although the National Golf Foundation says that golf rounds are flat year over a year in the Northeast, which is echoed by our ‘peer group’ comprised of the municipal golf courses in towns of Fairfield, Trumbull and Westport. Rounds at Woodbridge, in contrast, are expected to be up 10% from 2013.

A recent financial forecast by Casper was submitted at the September 22nd meeting of the Country Club of Woodbridge Commission. It forecasts 2014 golf revenues at approximately 15% above the level experienced in 2013, which is also the base after which the town shares in the revenues. Due to new and renewed memberships and outings, Casper anticipates that 2015 will also be a good year.

Deke Hotchkiss
Chair, Country Club of Woodbridge Commission

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