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Citizen committee helps secure long term viability of Green Mountain National Golf Course

In the midst of Green Mountain National Golf Course's best year since the recession hit, the Town of Killington took action to strengthen the long-term viability of the course by establishing a Golf Course Advisory Committee, charged with capital and long term strategic planning. Now, just six months after its creation in August 2012, the committee has reached a significant milestone with the completion of the first-ever capital plan for the golf course.

The capital plan comes on the heels of a very successful golf season in 2012, fueled by an early Spring opening, which generated higher-than-expected sales and lead into a busy summer. Good weather throughout the season helped the course exceed revenue projections while keeping facility expenses low. Town officials are energized by the season at the course and the golf committee's rapid progress.

"The capital plan details a schedule and budget for major improvements and equipment purchases, providing another tool to effectively manage long term expenses," says GMN General Manager David Soucy. "I am extremely grateful to the committee for their work and continued dedication."

The committee was formed to serve in a high-level advisory capacity to the Green Mountain National Golf Course general manager, the Town Manager and the Killington Board of Selectmen in the areas of capital and long term strategic planning, financial reporting, membership development, and improving the "Stay and Play" partnerships with area hotels, inns and lodges. Both the capital plan and the forthcoming long-term strategic plan recognize the original purpose of the golf course construction, as cited in the 1994 Town of Sherburne Annual Report, "…to foster summer visitations to Killington from beyond commuting range."

The Town of Killington's Golf Advisory Committee meets monthly, with the next meeting scheduled for March 18 at 2 p.m. Committee members are Leo Davin, Mary Furlong, Ken Lee and Peter Metzler. The Green Mountain National Capital Improvement Plan is listed in the Town Report, available online at www.killingtontown.com.