Jack Judge and Melanie Boese are ready to tee off on their latest business venture.
The Brattleboro Country Club will open for the season Friday April 24th, with a few noticeable changes. New equipment has been purchased, current machinery is being refurbished, and the attached restaurant that used to be open only seasonally will be available year round following some building modifications.
Judge said he is retaining current staff members and plans to have roughly 30 employees (a mix of full-time and part-time).
Boese said the Brattleboro Outing Club has been recreating on the land all winter and the club's new purchases include covers for some of the course's greens. She also said the club will be perfect for various private functions.
Judge has long wanted to own a golf course, as he and his wife are avid players who enjoy the exercise and companionship the sport offers. Judge's passion for golf began after he started caddying at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Mass., when he was 13 years old. Boese said there are many enticing aspects about the game, but one most sticks out to her.
"I think a big thing about golf is respect — you have to respect the other golfers, respect the course and respect the game because it's a game of honor. You've got to be honest about your score, you're only hurting yourself otherwise," she said. "It's a great game to get kids involved in and that's something that we really want to look at.
"It's hard to convince someone in high school to start playing golf," Boese added. "You have to know the game."