Pequabuck Golf Club celebrates 120 years of competition, community events

Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:13
Written by Dean Wright


Remembering 120 years of competition, community events and golf, the Pequabuck Golf Club of Bristol recognized its anniversary Wednesday with area economic leaders, officials and supporters as a historic occasion celebrating a relationship of shared ties between Bristol and Terryville.

According to the club’s centennial celebration history information, the location was first founded as the Clover Hill Golf Course before it reorganized as the Highland Golf Club and opened in 1902. In 1928, it became the Pequabuck Golf Club. The space originally had five holes for the sport before upgrading to 18 over the years.

Winners of club tournaments of 100 years ago still hang on plaques in the club’s facilities, some even recognizing veterans of World War I. The club also sits on the dividing line of the two towns.

“They had sand greens here in the forties,” Club President Todd Therrien said. “The City of Bristol owns seven holes that we lease from the water department.”

The president said the club had come a long way in its 120 years of existence. Therrien said he had sat with the then Bristol mayor Art Ward through tough times for the club in talks about selling the organization to the city several years ago. It continued to push on as a private organization, however, and looks to have a strong future.

“Now, our membership has gone way up,” he said. “I think people are finding the game and for a lot of years it was difficult to attract members. Our course is in great shape. We’ve got a great greenskeep and a great new addition to the restaurant.”

Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano noted the golf course and the city had a unique relationship given its proximity to Bristol’s water facilities.

“One of the interesting things is they’re a vital neighbor for us because we share the land with the watershed here and many golf courses have less restrictions on what they can do to keep the golf course in great shape,” Caggiano said, “and they do keep it in great shape.”

Therrien said the golf club submits reports to the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as well as the city’s water superintendent to keep track of the golf course’s health to monitor its effects on the nearby water reservoirs and facilities.

“We’ve had a good relationship working back and forth,” the president said. “If we do anything, we make sure everyone is in the loop before we take on any projects.”

Caggiano called the relationship “important and a good one.”

“I was reflecting on 120 years on the way up here and just the generations of families that have come up here to enjoy themselves,” Plymouth Mayor Joe Kilduff said. “I’ve played here many times with some of my friends and some of my best memories are on this golf course. To think about all the people that have been involved with Pequabuck, from the individuals that put the course in, to the wait staff, to the grounds crew and all the people that have contributed, it’s an amazing thing. A hundred and twenty years is nothing to sneeze at.”

The Plymouth mayor said he wished the golf course another successful 120 years.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:13. Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:16.