Borough hires new manager for golf course

NAUGATUCK — There’s a new golf pro in the borough.

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses this month unanimously approved hiring Bryan Nixon as the golf course/pro shop manager at Hop Brook Golf Course.

Nixon was hired under a one-year contract, which went into effect on March 8 and runs through March 31, 2018.

According to the contract, Nixon’s work year begins on April 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

During his scheduled work year, Nixon will work a 40-hour week and be paid $640 a week.

For any time Nixon works prior to April 1 or after Nov. 30, he will be paid a per diem hourly rate of $16, which is his base salary divided by 40, according to the contract.

Nixon is not eligible for benefits, such as paid sick days, vacation days, or health insurance.

Under the contract, Nixon is responsible for managing the daily operations and personnel at the course’s pro shop, enforcement of course rules, and working with the public.

The contract also allows for Nixon to use the course outside his normal hours for private golf lessons. During this time, Nixon is not acting as an employee of Naugatuck, and the borough is not responsible for any liability insurance related to the lessons, the contract stipulates.

According to his resume, Nixon graduated from the PGA of America golf management program. Nixon, a Naugatuck resident, worked as the assistant golf professional at Stamford’s E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course since 2007.

The hiring of Nixon comes after the borough let the contract for Bob Clark, the former golf pro at Hop Brook, expire. Clark was hired in 2012.

Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess said Nixon was chosen from a pool of candidates, four of which were PGA golf pros.

“We were pleasantly surprised there were as many great applicants as there were,” Hess said.

Hess said Nixon was unanimously chosen as the nominee to bring before the board.

“He has great experience, great credentials, and he is a PGA pro,” Hess said.