Guilmette Golf, which manages several courses throughout Connecticut, will operate and maintain the course with a lease payment of $1 per each nine-hole round. The city of Glastonbury will continue to make capital improvements to the course, such as irrigation and drainage.
The city of Glastonbury, Conn., has hired Guilmette Golf LLC to run Minnechaug Golf Club for the next five years, the Hartford Courant reported.
Owners Christopher and Matthew Guilmette currently manage Goodwin Park and Keney Park golf courses in Hartford, according to the Courant report. Town Manager Richard J. Johnson said three firms responded to the town’s search. The pair have a combined 48 years of experience operating and maintaining golf courses around the state, including South Windsor’s Willow Brook and Topstone, East Lyme’s Cedar Ridge and Berlin’s Shuttle Meadow.
“This is what they do. They are very enthusiastic, as are we,” Johnson said.
FCS Golf LLC took over the golf course in 2014 with a five-year lease and, along with the town, made improvements to the course’s tee boxes, fairways and greens, the Courant reported. FCS Golf was run by Frank and Charlie Schroll, owners of Glastonbury Hills Country Club. The company decided not to seek another lease. Private firms have been running the town-owned course since 1998.
“They did a nice job over the past five years,” Johnson said of the Schrolls. “They left the golf course in great condition and we can pick up on their great work from the last five years … we are very excited about the coming season.”
The new lease with Guilmette Golf calls for the company to operate and maintain the course with a lease payment of $1 per each nine-hole round, the Courant reported. The town will continue to make capital improvements to the course, such as irrigation and drainage.
“I can’t tell you how pleased I am we found somebody that would operate it and we are getting paid for it as opposed to paying them to do it,” Councilman Whit C. Osgood said.
The town will also continue its lease agreement with Giovanni’s Restaurant, located with the pro shop in the course’s main building, the Courant reported. Johnson said the town will work hard on marketing the course and develop opportunities to bring people to Minnechaug including leagues, special events, camps and lessons.
“We want to look to form stronger partnerships to try and look for a variety of options for revenues so it’s not just through rounds of play,” Johnson said.