With temperatures forecast to rise into the 60s, area golf courses scheduled to open this week hope to kick off the season with good turnouts.
The majority of local courses — including Hunter’s Golf Course in Meriden, Hawk’s Landing Country Club in Southington, and the Southington Country Club — are expected to open this week, while other courses, including Tradition Golf Course in Wallingford, have already opened.
“Sunday was a beautiful day, so we were very, very busy,” said Bernadette Bennett, general manager of Tradition Golf Course, which opened March 20.
Bob Tiedemann, the golf professional at Hunter’s Golf Course in Meriden, said the municipal course will open Wednesday and feature brand-new golf carts. Other improvements include drainage work on holes 1 and 9, Tiedemann said. Later this spring, the course will also be launching a new online program through which players can set up a tee time, which Tiedemann said will make the process easier for both the course and public.
Meriden Golf Department has set a goal of increasing the total rounds of golf played at the municipal course in fiscal 2019-20 to 23,500, which would be an increase of 500 rounds over the numbers of rounds the course is estimated to finish the current fiscal year, according to information in City Manager Tim Coon’s budget proposal. Tiedemann said the number of rounds is largely dependent of weather. The total number of rounds played at Hunter’s dropped from 22,488 in the fiscal year 2017 to 20,818 in the fiscal year 2018, according to Coon’s budget.
Violi’s Restaurant, the Italian restaurant located at Hunter’s, is opening a second location, dubbed “Violi’s II,” at the Wallingford Country Club this season, according to the country club’s website. The Wallingford Country Club couldn’t be reached Monday.
Hawk’s Landing Country Club in Southington opens for its season on Friday. Thomas Paradis, assistant director of golf, said the start of the season also brings longer hours for the restaurant, Club 19, and the pro shop. The course used the offseason to pick up some new employees for the course and restaurant, Paradis said.
The Southington Country Club is shooting to open for the season on Saturday, an employee said Monday.
Reporter Jesse Buchanan contributed to this story.
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