Westport, Conn. to hire management company

Officials in Westport, Connecticut have decided to hire a private-sector group to maintain their 18-hole golf course. The town has begun to negotiate a contract with Valley Crest Golf Course Maintenance and could have funding in place sometime next month.

“The primary reason for moving to a contract golf management company is the depth of experience they bring,” the town’s parks and recreation director, Stuart McCarthy, told the Westport News.

Golf Digest named Longshore Club Park Golf Course as one of the best places to play in America in 2008, but the town has apparently rested on its laurels since then. The News reports that “substandard conditions have become a contentious issue for town golfers.”

Longshore’s 5,845-yard track was designed by Orrin Smith and opened in 1922. No details have been announced about the improvements that Valley Crest is expected to make, but a town official told the newspaper that there was “urgency involved in rehabilitating the course.”

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