While the semi-private Massachusetts course has gotten approval from selectmen, it is waiting on the green light from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Club President Donald Stewardson hopes the approval will lead to more tournament play.
If everything goes according to plan, golfers at Hopedale Country Club could soon be knocking back a brew or two while playing nine holes, the Milford Daily News reported.
“It’s what the membership has been asking for quite a while,” club President Donald Stewardson said. “That’s what a lot of the millennials have been asking for.”
Selectmen green-lighted a change to the club’s liquor license, allowing alcohol consumption on the semi-private, nine-hole course, according to the Daily News report. Club management hopes to offer a bar cart—likely a cooler on a truck labeled “beverage cart”—that will drive around during the day.
The cart will only carry beer, Stewardson said, but the license will also allow players to visit the clubhouse, purchase a beverage from the full bar, and bring it out onto the course, the Daily News reported. Alcohol must be purchased on site, from the club’s properly certified staff, club attorney Joseph Antonellis emphasized, and not brought in from elsewhere.
In addition to satisfying member requests, Antonellis told selectmen last week, the change will bring the club in line with other golf courses in the area, according to the Daily News report. It might even allow the club to expand membership or host more tournaments.
“It will help us attract tournaments on weekdays where there are outside players, where [currently] people won’t come to us because we don’t allow it,” Antonellis said, of allowing the change. “I don’t drink on a golf course—it’s just my personal preference—but a lot of people do.”
The club doesn’t intend to cause trouble for neighbors, Antonellis added, in response to Police Chief Mark Giovanella’s question about rowdy players, the Daily News reported.
“That’s not a problem, because we don’t want to put up with anything like that. That’s not the intention,” Antonellis said. “We don’t want those issues.”
The club will also put up signs that remind golfers where they cannot bring a drink, such as into the parking lot or the woods outside the green, according to the Daily News report.
Despite the local approval, members and visitors won’t be able to imbibe on the green just yet, the Daily News reported. The club needs the go-ahead from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, and Stewardson said he doesn’t have a timeline for when the commission will review the request.
“It’s getting close, but we’re not there yet,” Stewardson said.
For now, alcoholic consumption is limited to the clubhouse and patio, the Daily News reported.