Brattleboro Country Club: Jack's Restaurant and Pub reopens after renovations
"I'm looking forward to a busy season," said Melanie Boese, Brattleboro Country Club owner. "Hopefully there will be lots of golfers and hungry golfers."
Since Sunday, after a series of repairs and renovations over the past two years, the restaurant and bar has been open seven days a week. Formerly known as the Fairway Tavern and Restaurant, the new name pays homage to Boese's husband, Jack Judge, who died in 2015, about a year after the couple purchased the country club.
Although road closures associated with Interstate 91 bridge construction might have turned some away from the official grand reopening of the restaurant on Saturday, Boese said she was just glad people were there.
"There seems to be new people here almost every night," she said, hoping to host another event to introduce FlingGolf soon.
The concept of the game is a mix between golf and lacrosse. Boes said a round of FlingGolf goes quicker than regular golf and sand traps are easier to navigate. The end of the FlingStick can be used to scoop up the ball but also putt.
With any luck, FlingGolf will be as popular as GolfBoards, which were brought to the country club last year. The boards are used as an alternative to golf carts and tend to attract a younger crowd to the course.
Boese said she has been looking at new things to bring more people to the country club.
Executive Chef Jordan Wong, who worked at several local establishments, was welcoming golfers and members of the public into the newly renovated bar and restaurant on Saturday.
"It's been exciting for sure," he said. "People are getting into the fact that I'm local and open to suggestions."
Wong, a graduate of the Lincoln Culinary Institute, comes from Jade Wah on Main Street in Brattleboro. His father owned the business.
Wong called selections on the menu at Jack's "elevated pub food" and said the kitchen staff tries to take on as much of the preparations "in house" as they can.
Bartender Jess Galdamez also has local roots. She grew up in Hinsdale, N.H., and has been working in restaurants.
"Everyone has been so happy, very surprised and very appreciative of what Mel's done with the place," Galdamez said, adding that she thought word was beginning to spread about the golf course being open to the public.
Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.
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