Country Club of Woodbridge History
The Town purchased the Country Club of Woodbridge in 2009 when the private club was facing financial difficulty. The purchase was to “control development” of the 150-acre parcel of land.
In 2010, the Town issued its first RFP for the long-term lease or sale of the golf course. The Town received one response, from MDM Golf and the Town continued short-term operation by MDM.
In 2011, the Town issued an Expression of Interest for development of active adult housing on 17 acres and the Town received two responses: West Central Enterprise and Toll Brothers. Toll Brothers would have purchased 17 acres for $2.3 million and would have built 58 townhouses. At a referendum, this was voted down.
In 2011, the MDM contract expired and the Town did not renew it. In 2012 the Town issued an RFP for the management of the golf course and received five responses. The Town entered into a contract with Billy Casper Golf.
In 2014 the Town published a Request for Proposals for the property and received two proposals – Toll Brothers and Rose/Watermark.
The Country Club of Woodbridge Ad Hoc Committee reviewed the Toll and Rose proposals and recommended that the Board of Selectmen seriously consider the Toll proposal because it was fiscally strong, would help the town financially in the long-term, preserves open space and addresses the Town's interest in housing for active adults (55+). The committee did not recommend that the BOS consider the Rose proposal unless it was in conjunction with Toll.
Before the committee's recommendation was published, Rose/Watermark withdrew its proposal and the Board of Selectmen asked Toll for variations on its proposal.
In 2015 the Board of Selectmen began reviewing the history of the Country Club property and the financial implications of owning the property.
Presentation to the Board of Selectmen, September 2015
Follow-up Presentation to the Board of Selectmen, September 2015
Chart Regarding Possible Options for the Country Club, October 2015
Presentation to Boards and Commissions, March 2016
In the summer of 2016, the Board of Selectmen heard three private sector proposals for the CCW (Redan Reserve, Toll Brothers and Nolan and Sheehan). The Board decided that two were worthy of further consideration and held a public informational meeting in July 2016 for residents to learn about those two proposals: Redan Reserve’s creation of a new golf course on the entire property and Toll Brothers’ active adult housing development on ~ 42 acres.
At a special Board meeting on Monday Aug. 1 2016, the Board of Selectmen decided not to pursue the Toll Brothers proposal at this time because of zoning and other concerns. Toll Brothers had said they would not go forward without approval from at least a majority of the Board.
The Board also decided not to continue golf operations at the Country Club of Woodbridge past Dec. 31, when the contract with Billy Casper Golf expires. Billy Casper had submitted a proposal for a one-year contract that would require the Town to take on the risk of the operation, an arrangement that had proven quite costly for the Town in years past.
In October of 2016, Redan Reserve withdrew its proposal at this time.