A press release from the City of New Britain
A press release regarding Michael O'Grady, head golf professional at Stanley Golf Course
A press release regarding Michael O'Grady, head golf professional at Stanley Golf Course
A press release regarding a donation from ConnectiCare to purchase a handicapped accessible cart for Stanley Golf Course
Kyle Hedstrom, head golf professional, and Shaun Maher, assistant golf professional at Stanley Golf Course

In the News | 2011

Kyle Hedstrom Named Connecticut Section PGA Public Merchandiser of the Year

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – Kyle Hedstrom, head PGA Professional at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, Conn., has been selected by the Connecticut Section PGA as the recipient of the 2011 Public Merchandiser of the Year award. The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at private, public and resort golf facilities.

Hedstrom, 36, a nine-year member of The PGA of America, has been overseeing the golf operations at Stanley Golf Course since 2004. Prior to that, he was an assistant PGA Professional at Shuttle Meadow Country Club, and an apprentice during his time at Ellington Ridge Country Club and Black Hall Club.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers as to having one of the nicer golf shops and I was fortunate enough to win the award previously in 2005 as well,” says Hedstrom. “For people to recognize that you have a consistent golf shop merchandising operation within the last six years means a lot.”

Hedstrom was also honored as a five-time member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a major in Business and now resides in Wethersfield with wife, Leanne, seven-year-old son, Jack, and three-year-old daughter, Kayla.

About the Connecticut Section PGA

The Connecticut Section PGA is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the PGA in 1933 to promote golf and enhance the livelihood of its members. The section is comprised of more than 350 men and women PGA Professionals from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, the experts in the game and business of golf.

Kyle Hedstrom, head golf professional at Stanley Golf Course, on the cover of the Hartford Advocate


1) Stanley Golf Course - 245 Hartford Road, New Britain, CT (860) 827-1362. It may be 81 years old, but it's got state-of-the-art GPS systems on its golf carts, 27 holes, ultra-modern practice facilities and a 19-bay driving range with heaters and lighting. But Kyle Hedstrom, Stanley's head golf professional, says the reason the course was voted best in the region this year is the top-notch condition of the course: "Even though the economy is down, we're not letting our course conditions or customer service slip."
2) Rockledge Golf Club - 289 South Main St., West Hartford (860) 521-6284.
3) Simsbury Farms Golf Course - 100 Old Farms Road in Simsbury (860) 658-6246.


April 20, 2011


Mayor Timothy T. Stewart and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jamie Giantonio announced today that Stanley Golf Course was voted "Best Golf Course" in the Advocate's Best of Hartford Readers' Poll 2011. The Hartford Advocate polled their readers in search of the best of the best and this year received a bigger response than ever before. Voted number one by over one hundred thousand Hartford Advocate readers, Stanley Golf Course proves to be the best of the best.

"This is another piece of the puzzle that makes Stanley a total championship golf course" said Mayor Stewart. "I am so proud of Stanley in being recognized throughout Connecticut as the best golf course."

Stanley Golf Course located at 245 Hartford Road, New Britain is a beautiful 27 hole public golf course with a nineteen station, covered, heated and lighted driving range. The golf course has a fleet of 87 new 2011 state-of-the art Precedent Excel golf carts that promises to enhance the golfer's experience. Stanley Golf Course is home to an award winning Pro Shop and home to the fine dining and drinking venue of Whinstone Tavern.

"This honor validates what the golfers have been telling us for years" said Bill DeMaio, Director of Parks and Recreation. "All golfers should try Stanley, the "Best Golf Course", for the ultimate golfing experience."