Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tribe's Golf Course Opens For Season

Feather News

The Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug, opened on April 7 for its second season since the tribe purchased it last May.

The country club is located about 20 minutes from the casino and was established in 1960 and designed by Geoffrey Cornish, who is said to have designed more golf courses in New England than any other architect. The course was bought by the tribe for $4.4 million while total acquisition costs were $5 million, according to a press release.

The tribe through its business arm, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, established Mohegan Golf, LLC in November 2006 to purchase and operate the country club.

Last week, the Feather News caught up with Frank Chapman, the director of golf operations, who was located playing through on the 8th hole. Frank said the course hadn't been that busy in its first few days since its opening last week. While the course was purchased as an amenity for casino patrons and convention guests, about 180 people who were members of the golf course prior to its purchase by the tribe are allowed to continue "to be members with fixed membership dues for fifteen years."

The clubhouse and the surrounding green is shown in photos below. The clubhouse has since been renovated by the tribe but is now to be demolished and rebuilt according to new plans.

In addition to a swimming pool, the country club also has a 12-tee driving range. The pool area can accomodate 200 plus people and the banquet room can hold 175 guests, according to promotional literature.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owner of Foxwoods casino, opened its two Rees Jones-designed courses at Lake of Isles golf course in 2005. Mohegan's purchase of its own golf course will allow the tribe to control tee-off times for patrons.

A map for directions to the course, located in Baltic, can be found on the following link. Once you've clicked onto the following link, the map can be adjusted in its upper left-hand corner: