In the Media
August 16, 2016 - Hartford Hopes Big Investment in Golf Courses Pays Off
August 8, 2016 - How Connecticut Golf Courses Go Green By Going Brown
August 2, 2016 - Ginella's Top 5 public courses near Hartford, Conn.
August 2, 2016 - Ginella visits Keney Park Golf Course
August 2, 2016 - Foundation Hosts Fundraiser To Help Build Community Interest In Keney Park Golf 
July 9, 2016 - Improved golf layout in Hartford worth a look
July 8, 2016 - Keney Park Golf Course A Hartford Gem
June 22, 2016 - Suzy Whaley, Others Praise City Courses After Hartford Women's Open
June 16, 2016 - Dani Mullin Wins Inaugural Hartford Women's Open By Five Strokes
June 15, 2016 - Local Golf: Hartford Women's Open Debuts This Weekend
May 2016 - Renovation of the Year 2016 Classics
May 9, 2016 - After nearly 3 years, Keney Park Golf Course is green friendly again
May 2, 2016 - Hartford Courant - Renovated Keny Park Brings Golfers Home
May 2, 2016 - NBC30 - Keney Park Golf Course Reopens in Hartford
February 16, 2016 - WFSB TV CBS Hartford - Connecticut Section PGA Highlighted on the Evening News

February 16, 2016 - The Golf Channel - The Connecticut Section PGA's golf course consulting agreement with the City of Hartford is highlighted on The Golf Channel's "Morning Drive"

December 16, 2015 - Maginnes On Tap - "Interview with Tom Hantke, Connecticut Section PGA Executive Director."

December 2, 2015 - Ryan Caron King, WNPR - "Restored Hartford Golf Course Gives Public a Place to Play, Jobs for Residents."

October 16, 2015 - Jim Altman, FOX61 - "Goodwin Park Golf Course renovated and ready."

October 12, 2015 - Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant - "Hartford Revives Ailing Golf Course at Goodwin Park."

June 6, 2015 - Russ Held, MassLive - "Hartford municipals Goodwin Park, Keney Park on course for stunning revival."

Conn. Section PGA 

Golf Properties Consulting

Contact Information

 

Patrick Aldrich, PGA

 

Consultant for the City of Hartford Golf Courses
 

Dept. of Public Works
50 Jennings Rd
Hartford, CT 06120

 

T: 860-757-4965

C: 860-480-9755

F: 860-722-6215
 

paldrich@pgahq.com
ctpga.com

 

 

City of Hartford and Connecticut Section PGA Golf Business Consulting Agreement

Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses

Hartford Courses Remain on Track!

There is a long legacy of golf in Connecticut’s capital city.  Its two golf courses, always opened to the public for play, have endured through hurricanes and floods, as well as significant changes in the City and national economy.  Goodwin Park Golf Course first opened in 1906 in the 237-acre park designed by the famous firm of Frederick Law Olmstead.  Keney Park Golf Course was designed by heralded golf course architect Devereux Emmet and opened in 1927.  In their heyday, both courses supported more than 75,000 combined rounds of golf annually. 

 

In the fall of 2013, after nearly twenty-five years of leasing the City of Hartford golf courses to private, for-profit management firms, the City of Hartford decided to move the operational ownership back to City Hall and under the supervision and direction of the Department of Public Works.  An ad hoc committee was formed of city residents and officials to research various business models and potential partnerships with local non-profits, and in 2014, the City formed the Golf Oversight Commission to ensure sound operational and financial management of the Courses. 

 

After extensive review, the City decided to partner with both the Connecticut Section PGA and KNOX Inc.  The PGA and the City signed a consulting agreement, through which the PGA would help the City set up its new business model. The PGA hired a dedicated employee to serve the City, and used the expertise of additional PGA Professionals to serve as subject matter experts.  KNOX Inc., which has a horticultural based job-training program for City residents, was invited to provide its program graduates as members of the golf course maintenance crews. This way, the courses are a source of employment for city residents – jobs that include specialized skills and experience in golf course maintenance and management that will provide a lifetime of job opportunities for those employees.

 

Fast forwarding to the spring of 2018, the City of Hartford has signed a new agreement with the Connecticut PGA Section to continue the consulting project at both City golf courses.  The 2018 golf season represents the full return of Golf in Hartford, as it is the first time in at least 6-7 years that both Goodwin Park Golf Course and Keney Park Golf Course, along with their clubhouse restaurants, will be fully open and operational together.

 

 

 

The City has employed top professionals to oversee the day-to-day maintenance, educational, and operational elements of the golf courses.  Guilmette Golf, LLC, certified course superintendents, provide the maintenance oversight at both courses and PGA professional Peter Seaman is now responsible for Golf Operations at both  Keney Park Golf Course and Goodwin Park Golf Course, and the Section will be running its Hartford Women’s Open and the Connecticut PGA Championship at the city courses for the third consecutive year.  The City has formed a strong management team consisting of the PGA, Knox, the Golf Oversight Commission and Public Works. 

The City has formed a strong management team consisting of the PGA, Knox, the Golf Oversight Commission and Public Works, with a focused goal of returning the courses to financial stability by 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Section PGA Spotlight on Morning Drive   Connecticut Section PGA Highlighted on WFSB CBS Hartford

    

Connecticut Section PGA Spotlight on Morning Drive - 2-16-16 from PGA of America on Vimeo.

 

Connecticut Section PGA Highlighted on WFSB-TV CBS Hartford - 2-16-16 from PGA Centennial on Vimeo.