April 12, 2018

Green Mountain National deserves fair hearing

Dear Editor,

As many have heard recently, the town of Killington via the Select Board is entertaining bringing in an out-of-state management company to take over operations at Green Mountain National Golf Club. It’s no secret the town owned golf course has had financial challenges due to long-standing debt arrangements and the short Vermont golf season often tested by our weather. As a long-time member at Green Mountain, our family enjoys this jewel of Killington and the work which goes into the amazing conditions and hospitality extended by the staff. The club attracts thousands of out-of staters annually who have come to enjoy playing golf in our pristine land while spending substantial vacation dollars locally.

Many Killington taxpayers and club stakeholders are gravely concerned about the newly elected Select Board member Jim Haff’s long history of publicly disparaging the golf course. Mr. Haff has gone to great lengths to harm the reputation of the club, even taking out a half-dozen advertisements with amateurish cartoons and commentary depicting the course employees and Killington in a negative light. With major management changes being proposed immediately preceding the start of this season, I call on Mr. Haff to recuse himself from the process as he brings an overtly negative bias to the proceedings. We all desire a path of stability and prosperity for the club and Killington taxpayers. The decisions going forward should be handled by those who don’t have a public axe to grind.

Bradford Broyles, Mendon

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