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Construction Slated for New Club in Oxford, Connecticut
In December 2001, Timberlake Development Partners LLC, the backer of The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, selected Billy Casper Golf (BCG) to oversee the development and management of the new course. The club will be part of the 630-acre Oxford Greens development, a gated community that will ultimately contain 400 homes.
Timberlake Development and BCG signed a multi-year management agreement for BCG to provide turnkey planning, construction and management services for the club. The course will be designed by Mark Mungeam of Cornish, Silva and Mungeam, Inc. The par-72 layout, which features five sets of tees, will range in length from 4,982 yards to 7,147 yards. Construction on the course is slated for May 2002, with the grand opening scheduled for July 2003. BCG is currently overseeing planning activities, and will manage all aspects of the operation, from accounting and food and beverage to marketing and golf course maintenance.
"In addition to Billy Casper Golf's extensive golf course development, construction and management expertise, its Chief Executive Officer, Peter Hill, is a New Haven native, which provides Oxford Greens with a unique combination of local knowledge and national industry perspective," said Andrew Tedford, managing partner of Timberlake Development.
"Oxford Greens will be a beautiful course in a premier community," says BCG's Hill, who captained his New Haven prep school golf team before moving on to captain Georgetown University's golf team. "We look forward to offering a top-quality experience at a great value, and expect Oxford Greens to become one of Connecticut's finest golf clubs."
BCG's Hill is joined in his enthusiasm to return to the area by golf legend Billy Casper Jr., who will be on hand for the course's grand opening. Casper has accumulated many fond memories from his time spent in the state, including winning four of his 51 PGA Tour titles in Connecticut while playing at Wethersfield Country Club (1963 Insurance City Open, 1965 ICO, 1968 Greater Hartford Open, 1973 GHO). Casper won four major championships during his prime, two U.S. Opens, one Masters, and one U.S. Senior Open.
"The people of Connecticut have been wonderful to me and my wife, Shirley," says Casper, who also won eight Senior PGA Tour titles. "It's a beautiful state with many great memories for us. We look forward to accumulating more at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, with which we're delighted to be associated."
Mungeam’s design for Oxford Greens will feature largely wooded holes – none that are parallel – and sloping topography that will provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Perhaps no hole better illustrates this attribute than the breathtaking No. 2, the 215-yard, par-3 that plays from a ridge with a drop of more than 50 feet to a green with water on the left. Mungeam – whose restoration of Olympia Fields Country Club earned the Chicago club the 2003 U.S. Open – recently restored and added five new holes at Shennecossett Golf Course, a municipal gem in Groton, Conn., designed by the legendary Donald Ross.
Oxford Greens reunites BCG and Cornish, Silva and Mungeam. BCG manages High Bridge Hills Golf Club not far from Oxford in High Bridge, N.J., which the architecture firm designed and which has received rave reviews since opening in 1999.
In addition to the championship golf club, the $150-million Oxford Greens Estates and Golf Club development will offer its 400 future homeowners a gated community and amenity-rich, maintenance-free lifestyle. Model homes are expected to open in Fall 2002. The development is projected to generate more than 250 jobs and $2.5 million in annual taxes for the town.
Milford, Conn.-based Timberlake Development is targeting the Oxford Greens residential community to the state's soon-to-retire baby boomers – particularly those in Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties – who want a country club lifestyle without moving to the South. There are more than 1 million baby boomers in the state, which represents the eighth-highest percentage for a state in the country. Timberlake Development Partners LLC is led by Andrew Tedford, Robert Smith, and Phil Craft.
"Oxford Greens has been carefully planned to provide Connecticut's active adults with a lifestyle they typically had to move South to obtain, yet remains close to family, friends and everything else they want to enjoy in life," says Timberlake’s Tedford.
Oxford is centrally located in Northwestern New Haven County and is easily accessible from either I-84 or Route 8. Offering a quaint, rural setting bordering Fairfield County and only 70 miles from Manhattan, Oxford has become one of the state's fastest-growing towns during the past decade.
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