2018-07-19 / Editorial

Golf course money is wise investment

The town council’s decision to work with course operator Joe Mistowski to improve the deteriorating greens was the right call.

Mistowski, who’s overseen the facility since 1992, pointed out the worsening conditions are harming the nine-hole course’s reputation, which is a solid one throughout the state.

The course is a central aesthetic point in town as it’s one of the first things someone sees when entering from the east across the Pell Bridge. It’s an ode to the town’s love of open space and natural beauty and something we should be proud of and want to maintain at the highest level.

A lot of that has to do with Mistowski’s stewardship the past quarter century, and as the owners of the property, the town is smart to work hand-in-hand with him to better the course in hopes his family will continue to be the operators.

The town plans on bringing in consultants from the United States Golf Association to help formulate the repair plan, which also includes an overhaul of the irrigation system. Seeds for the new grass will need to be planted by the end of August in order for the course to open in time for the 2019 season.

While the cost is not yet known, the town has been socking away money throughout the years for course improvements from the annual $175,000 lease payments by Mistowski. The price also could drop if town employees and Mistowski’s groundskeepers do the work.

Investing in a one-time cost for such a valuable town asset is wise, and the work also needs to be completed before any more grandiose plans regarding the future of the clubhouse are decided. That conversation is moot if the course is not in tip-top shape and generating revenue to make it attractive to a potential operator.

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