Town May Outsource Longshore Golf Course Maintenance

The town’s Request for Proposal (RFP) to redevelop the Gunn House — the 1885 Queen Anne house at 35 Church Lane, soon to give way to the new Bedford Square development — has gotten plenty of publicity.

But another RFP is equally intriguing.

Westport is also soliciting proposals for professional turf and grounds maintenance of the Longshore golf course.

The Longshore golf course. (Photo by Dan Murdoch, via

The Longshore golf course. (Photo by Dan Murdoch, via

The official notice — posted today — says:

The contractor will be assuming maintenance services historically performed by town personnel. The contractor will report to the town’s Director of Parks and Recreation and work cooperatively with the Head Golf Pro, as is customary for a public golf course.

According to Parks and Rec director Stuart McCarthy, his department and the Golf Advisory Committee have discussed this move for “a couple of years.”

Professional maintenance contractors are “a trend in the industry,” McCarthy says.

“It’s logical to investigate this. Particularly with the issues the course had last year, it makes sense.”

A view of the Longshore course, courtesy of Golf Digest.

A view of the Longshore course, courtesy of Golf Digest.

McCarthy says the RFP is posted with 3 goals: “maintain the course at the highest quality possible; maintain it as efficiently as possible from a cost standpoint, and look at long-term costs too.”

He stresses that the RFP does not mean a professional maintenance contractor must be hired. “We want to explore our options,” the Parks and Rec director says. “We need to investigate all possible opportunities.”

The bid is due June 19. The contract is for a 3-year period, beginning January 1, 2014.

(Click here to view the official Request for Proposal.)

9 responses to “Town May Outsource Longshore Golf Course Maintenance

  1. Bobbie Herman

    And the alternative is????

    Will this require laying off four or five maintenance workers?

  2. Bart Shuldman

    Great news. No reason Westport needs have our own employees take care of the golf course. Let some expert do it and we will probably save money. Not have to worry about the true costs. Wow. Stuart. Way to go!!!

  3. John McCarthy

    “This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.”

  4. Outsource Compo Beach as well…nuf said.

  5. Tommy lad, I think you mean the maintenance not the whole beach….or do you

  6. Great idea to outsource Town maintenance activities. This is what Smart organizations are doing to maintain or enhance services and control costs. Good for you Stuart.

    • Bart Shuldman

      Sad when we read the Board of Finance approves the town budget and says we have worked on reducing costs, and then Stuart comes up with a great idea most businesses are doing. Outsource those opportunities that are not town critical and not only save money but avoid the pension, OPEB and potential medical costs that burdens the town for years.

      Stuart-again….WAY TO GO!!!! Maybe the BofF will look harder at more opportunities like this and even reduce our taxes. Just imagine how that would improve the attraction of our town to others.

  7. Bobbie Herman

    I’d still like to know what will happen to the five maintenance workers if this is approved.