Audit blames management company for horrible shape of Hartford courses


The municipal golf courses in Hartford, Connecticut appear to be in horrible condition, and a financial audit places the blame on both the city and its golf management company.

A city-commissioned report has determined that MDM Golf Enterprises, the firm hired to manage the Keney Park and Goodwin Park golf courses, failed to make promised capital improvements that might have attracted more play and generated increased revenues. However, the report also criticized the city’s department of public works for having “little, if any contact” with MDM and failing to diligently oversee the operation of important city assets.

If there’s a silver lining in this dark cloud, it’s this: The city has allocated $5 million for capital improvements to the courses next year, according to the Hartford Courant, and it’ll consider allocating a similar amount in 2015.

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