MERIDEN — Free golf is always a hole-in-one.
And on Sunday afternoon and again on Monday, the golf is free at Hunter Golf Club for Meriden residents.
The course is waiving greens fees during its inaugural “Hunter Golf Club Resident Appreciation Day,” which starts after noon on Sunday and continues throughout Monday. Meriden residents have to call the pro shop to set up a tee time and show proof of city residency when they show up to play.
Residents can choose to play nine or 18 holes free of charge. Golfers will still have to pay for carts should they choose not to walk.
“We’re hoping to get a few golfers that play elsewhere or haven’t seen us in a long time to start putting us in their rotation of courses they play,” Hunter Golf Club pro Bob Tiedemann said Friday. “We are saying, ‘Come visit us again and, hopefully, you will enjoy it and come back.’”
The idea was brought up by Michael Carabetta, a member of the City of Meriden Golf Course Commission, a seven-member advisory panel that provides direction and oversight for the public course.
“We want people to see our golf course, if they haven’t seen it,” Tiedemann said. “It’s a beautiful piece of property and we want Meriden residents to feel good about it.”
Tiedemann said the course does a lot of good for Meriden.
“I just don’t think a lot of people from Meriden know what we are all about,” Tiedemann said. “Three high schools that play here for free. We do free golf for active military during the week. We do a lot of charity golf tournaments that raise a lot of money and support a lot of great causes. We are doing a lot for the community and not just taking tax payer money.
“We want people to see us again,” he added. “We spent money on the cart paths and improved drainage. We are continually making improvements and we want people to see them.”
If the Appreciation Day is a success, the Club is open to doing it again in the fall or next year.
To set up a tee time Sunday afternoon or on Monday, call the Hunter pro shop at 203-634-3366.
Also at Hunter, the Junior City Championship will be played on May 28 in the meeting between Wilcox Tech, Platt and Maloney.
The Senior City Championship plays Aug. 7-8. The Meriden Open follows Aug. 17-18.