BERLIN – The Town Council and Golf Commission will meet next month on the future of Timberlin Golf Course.
The talks are designed to explore options for making the municipal course more cost efficient.
“It’s just the beginning of a discussion...” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski. “Right now we have no plan and nothing is more frustrating than not having a plan going forward”
The municipal golf course saw an increase in play last year during the pandemic, which increased its annual revenues and allowed the course to obtain $25,000 worth of new equipment. The purchases brought the club’s fiscal year 2020 net income to $69.40.
In 2018, the club had net income of over $21,000, but lost between $26,000 and $54,000 during 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Kaczynski emphasized that town officials are looking to improve the operating costs of all town departments, including the course.
“We are looking at all town assets, we have to look at everything to be fiscally responsible, it has to be done,” said Kaczynski. “I am not in favor of selling [Timberlin Golf Course] personally, but we have to explore every option, intelligently, with facts, all of us together.”
The Town Council and Golf Commission will meet next month to discuss new management models for Timberlin, located on Southington Road.
Acting Director of Golf Jerry Salvio noted that since Timberlin was built with federal and state money, the town’s abiliity to sell might be restricted.
Golf Commission Chairman Peter DeFazio said Berlin has a large senior tax-paying population.
“Timberlin is enjoyed by many senior residents,” said DeFazio. “As a matter of fact, they make up the majority of play on Monday through Friday mornings. Timberlin was built as an amenity to the town and should be treated as such even to this day.”