Golf Course work back out to Bid

Above: The Town is hoping the third try is the charm as they seek a contractor to get the 1st and 9th greens back into prime putting shape. (image of pre-construction course posted to Facebook by Neil A. Theriault)

Last week, a revised Request for Proposals was issued for construction on the Southborough Golf Club. The Town is seeking new bids for work on the 1st and 9th greens.

The RFP is the Town’s third attempt to find a contractor that can fix impacts to the 9 hole course caused by building the new Public Safety Complex on the site. The first three RFPs only netted bids far above the budget for the project. 

The new RFP follows the Town’s replacement of the consulting architect on the project. In the winter and spring, Town Administrator Mark Purple continued to opine that the budget approved by Town Meeting was sufficient. He indicated that the previous architect led the Golf Course Committee astray with too many asks in the RFP.

In the spring, Purple told selectmen that he believed a new architect would help them simplify the RFP for the correct level of work.

In the Golf Committee’s April 25th meeting minutes, the committee requested for Purple to notify architect Robert McNeil about the termination of their agreement. No minutes have yet been posted for the four meetings since. But an agenda for the June 25th meeting had committee members conducting a site walk for discussion with “the GC architect”.

The RFP Notice from the Town announced:

The Town of Southborough, Massachusetts, acting by and through the Board of Selectmen as the awarding authority, is requesting bids for the Southborough Golf Club First Tee and Ninth Green Construction Project. Bids must be received on or before 12:00 noon on July 23, 2019 at Southborough Town House, Town Administrator’s Office, 17 Common Street, Southborough MA 01772. Bids received after the specified submission time will not be accepted.

Bid documents may be obtained on or after July 3, 2019 by email to or at the Selectmen’s Office, Southborough Town House, 17 Common Street, Southborough, MA on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to Noon (excluding holidays). To receive an emailed PDF file, your name and full contact information must be noted in the request. This Invitation for Bids is being administered under the provisions of Chapter 30, §39M of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Town reserves the right to waive any informalities in, or to reject any and all bids if it deems it to be in the public interest to do so.

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