The course measures 6,533 from the tips (71.1, 126 slope), 6,073 from the regular tees (69.1/122), 5,051 from the forward tees (64.2/112 for men; 69.8/114 for women).
A hole-by-hole guide (course tour link) follows, but it will be tough to pick a favorite. The challenging par-5 second, that heads up a hill, takes a right turn to a narrow strip of fairway only to head up another hill for the third shot? The drivable par-4 sixth? The risk-reward of the par-5 seventh? Or the long march of the par-4 eleventh? These are other questions are best answered by teeing it up for another round. Photos
Spotlight: Brattleboro Country Club: By Cicely M. Eastman
“It’s a hidden gem,” according to Phil Rollins, Golf Course Superintendent for Brattleboro Country Club. “Every hole is unique. Some golf courses you won’t remember one hole from the next.”
You remember the holes here. Vermont Business Magazine agrees, naming the BCC as the 2017 Best of Business Awards (BOB Awards) winner as Best Golf Course for Windham/Windsor Counties.
Rollins has been in charge of the grounds and the driving range since 1995. He has seen quite a few changes during his tenure. Most notably was an expansion from 9 to 18 holes in 2000 and the property changing hands from board members of a private club to owners Jack Judge and Melanie Boese who opened up the course and the restaurant to the public in 2014. Since Judge’s death in 2015, Boese has carried on his legacy and his dream of owning a golf course.
Rollins, who is also a member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America Association, has been busy on the greens doing a lot of tree work by getting rid of dead limbs to help the sunlight hit the grass, and improvements with 90 percent of the course’s irrigation now completed, in preparation for this summer’s season. Summer’s plans also include adding FlingGolf to the course. FlingGolf is sort of a hybrid between lacrosse and golf. Recently delivered to the course are the lacrosse-like sticks (thus the fling) to be used with golf-sized balls for the game.
Also on the horizon is a new pro shop. Boese said that the ideas are still fluid at this stage, but plans are to build a new pro shop with a separate storage area for the carts – and the new GolfBoards introduced last year – next to it, and to renovate the old pro shop with golf simulators. Great for practice or on rainy days.
Eric Sandstrum, PGA Head Golf Professional, who is now in his eleventh season at BCC and manages the day to day operations of the course said the new shop will be located up the hill next to the
first and tenth tees. For Sandstrum, being able to see the course will make it easier for him to keep a record of rounds of golf and it will be an easier access for golfers to sign in and rent a cart.
Sanstrum manages the pro shop, keeping it well stocked with merchandise. He keeps the prices competitive with discount houses, but members, to whom they sell a lot, get an additional discount. Not only does he stock balls and tees for those last-minute purchases, but he sells the newest trend in golf clubs, pointing out that if a golfer hasn’t purchased a new set of clubs in the last 10 or 15 years they are missing out on new technology. There are demo days too to showcase new products.
Sandstrum is also working to get a junior league going and plans to offer clinics of 1 ½ hours each to go over basic fundamentals and introduce the program SNAG (Starting New At Golf ). Colored tennis balls are used to pique kid’s interest in golf. He is looking forward to the day when there is enough interest to bring a golf team back to the high school.