Burlington Country Club — a popular spot for walking and wintertime sledding during the off-season for golfing — is cracking down on non-members who come on the property for outdoor activities.
The country club recently posted signs saying the club’s grounds were closed to the public. This has always been the case, but it hasn’t been as heavily enforced, said Burlington Country Club General Manager Jason Shattie.
“It started becoming a problem with vandalism, disrespect of the property, and it’s a huge liability risk for the country club,” Shattie said Monday.
Shattie also said that members pay fees which go toward the upkeep of the grounds and facilities. It’s an equity issue to allow non-members, who do not pay fees, onto the property to use the grounds, he said.
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Vermonters have been encouraged to take part in outdoor activities to stay physically and mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some lamented on social media about the crack-down, especially during a time when so many are heading outside.
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Shattie said the move is not related to the pandemic — it’s just meant to solve an issue that has become more acute over time.
Burlington Country Club, which also has a pool and a clubhouse with a dining room, is open year-round for members.
This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Burlington Country Club cracks down on non-members using grounds for recreation