The Oak Hills Park Golf Course has been in Norwalk since 1969. On Monday, Mayor Richard Moccia along with members of the community participated in the Mayor's Trophy Golf Tournament to raise funds for course improvements.
Shelly Guyer, Executive Director of the Oak Hills Park Golf Course said "It's something to try and give something back to the course. It allows us to pick some special projects that we wouldn't be able to do otherwise, it gives us a little extra money."
Clyde Mount, Vice-Chairman of the Oak Hills Authority said "We have a lot of capital projects that we want to work on. Improving tee boxes and greens so this is a way to raise funds that we can actually dedicate to certain projects."
Former Mayor Frank Esposito started the tournament as a way of giving back to the community.
"It's no different than us providing the beaches that you know and the concerts and other services that happen. You know, it has had some financial issues because of the economy but is has really come back. The course is beautiful"said Mayor Richard Moccia
Guyer added "It teaches the young folks on the golf course things about intergrity, following the rules. It also is a draw for people to come and want to live in Norwalk."
Board members say the golf course is not only important for recreation, but for the value of the community.
Robert Virgulak, Chairman of the Oak Hills Authority said "There are a lot of golfers around. We have such a beautiful facility here that all the real estate brokers when they are talking to people from out of town about coming in, they always mention Oak Hills Golf Course as one of the amenities besides our waterfront, our beautiful beaches and our other parks."
Mount added "I think people like having a good golf course. The guys here have been working hard the past two years to really bring it back and get it to a different level. The level of play here is unbelievable now."
Golfers say the course is in some the best shape they have seen in recent history.
Virgulak added "From the ones who play all the time, 60-70 times a year, they tell me the course is some of the best shape it has ever been in."
Ed Ruiz, Head Golf Professional at the Oak Hills Golf Course said "You know for the future of the game and it's a great location and a fun place to play."