Once the Bissonette Family Farm, we come from humble beginnings. We carry this mindset with us as we try to provide the best cost to condition golf in the State of Vermont.
Our story begins one summer evening as Tim Ayer, one of the sons of our founders, was hitting golf balls down onto the empty cow pasture that is now our 12th hole. Watching from their back porch was Ruth and Raymond Ayer, his parents. Seeing golf balls fly over cow pasture started the gears turning in their minds about how they could change their simple dairy into a vastly different business, a golf course.
Cow pastures were the framework that Raymond used to lay out the first 18 holes, West and North. In the first year of construction the dairy operation continued as it had for decades with the Ayer family splitting time between milking their 110 Holsteins and building the golf course.
After milking cows during construction the herd was sold in fall of 1993 in order to raise more funds for construction and equipment. Approximately 150 cows, both full grown and calves, were sold off to other local dairies. The course was coming along swimmingly in '93, the range was open and the layout and majority of the land forming had been completed and turf was starting to grow. It wouldn't be long before the course was ready to open, and in the spring of 1994, we opened for our first year.
Since then, our family has added 9 more holes, the 'South'. This auxiliary course gives members and greens fees the ability to always play regardless of what events are taking place on the original 18.