Even though the state has started Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which would allow Rolling Hills CC in Wilton, Conn. to now hold events for up to 100 people, “We’re being incredibly cautious and have moved all of our 2020 events to 2021,” said Hilary Perettine, the club’s Director, Membership and Banquet Sales. “It’s not worth it to try to force it for trickles of money.” Rolling Hills has experienced “booming” membership growth this year fueled by people who have moved out of New York City, Perettine reported, and is now at capacity, with waiting lists for golf and tennis.
While the state of Connecticut is starting Phase 3 of reopening plans following shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will give restaurants more capacity to serve more customers, other venues are being more cautious, The Wilton (Conn.) Bulletin reported.
Even though Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton would be allowed to hold events for up to 100 people under Phase 3, The Bulletin reported, the private club has no plans to do so right now.
“We’re being incredibly cautious and have moved all our 2020 events to 2021,” said Hilary Perettine, the club’s Director, Membership and Banquet Sales.
Celebratory events such as weddings, Perettine said, would be too difficult for the club to monitor. “We do not want to risk infecting the health of any employee or club member,” she said. “It’s not worth it to try to force it for trickles of money
It would be risky if guests showed up from an unquarantined state and weren’t following quarantine rules, Perettine noted, and guests who imbibed too much alcohol, got belligerent or refused to wear masks, would also present problems. “We don’t want to police people who aren’t members,” she said.
Rolling Hills has had no problem running its outdoor golf and tennis programs this year and was also able to open its swimming pool during summer, limiting use time to 25 minutes and keeping capacity lower than what was allowed by the state, The Bulletin reported. As the weather grows colder, the club will offer paddle tennis programs.
Small indoor events for club members have been allowed, with the head count kept to the maximum dictated by the state, The Bulletin reported.
“Membership at the club is booming,” said Perettine, noting waiting lists to play golf and tennis, and the club’s membership is at full capacity, she added. Rolling Hills’ membership increased substantially since the beginning of the pandemic in March, when New Yorkers started to move to Wilton and Fairfield County in droves to escape the city. “Before people even closed on their houses, they were joining the country club,” Perettine said.