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  • Oak Hills driving range looking like it’s years away

    NORWALK, Conn. – The $4.5 million asking price to renovate Oak Hills Park has been rethought, according to Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Clyde Mount. The current thinking is to phase in the improvements, with the proposed driving range being last on the list, he said. “The thought is we would do the course renovation-type…

  • Once Around the City: TDRS tees it up; state trees it up; getting the brown out

    NORWALK, Conn. — Just ahead of Thursday night’s public hearing on the Oak Hills Park Authority’s master plan for the golf course and environs, Total Driving Range Solutions front man Jim Downing sent out a press release touting an article recognizing a quartet of golf course designs by one of the company’s partners. TDRS is…

  • Oak Hills authority looks to make park a year-round draw

      NORWALK, Conn. – The intensive development of a master plan for Oak Hills Park is part of the deal if Norwalk goes ahead and allows Jim Downing of Total Driving Range Solutions to build a proposed driving range between the first tee and the sixth green. Downing said possible recommendations to make the park…

  • Oak Hills driving range plans unveiled to public

    NORWALK, Conn. – The latest insurrection faced by the Oak Hills Park Authority came from its own Thursday, golfers opposed to the selection made by authority members of a driving range proposal that would put it between the first tee and sixth green, people who thought the woodlands behind the restaurant would be preferable. The…

  • Norwalk Oak Hills driving range negotiations continue in background

    NORWALK, Conn. – The process to put a practice range at Oak Hills Park is continuing out of the public’s view. One bidder, Jim Downing, is making his pitch to put a practice range in a less-than-visible spot at Oak Hills Park, where the sound of golfers whacking away won’t bother people like Lawrence Shultz…

  • Bidding closed – Norwalk Oak Hills woods may be axed for driving range

    NORWALK, Conn. – Two men are vying for the right to build a driving range at Norwalk’s Oak Hill Park – one has his sights set on the woods specified by the Oak Hills Park Authority, while the other has chosen what he said is a more environmentally friendly location. Tad King of King Golf…

  • Oak Hills bidder wants to leave controversial woods alone

    Updated 3:03 p.m. Wednesday, May 22: The deadline for bids on the proposed practice range at Oak Hills Park has been extended until 2 p.m. June 5 according to the city’s website. Original story: NORWALK, Conn. – One bid was turned in Tuesday to construct a practice range at Norwalk’s Oak Hills Park. Driving Range…

  • Bidder for Oak Hills practice range says he’s excited

    NORWALK, Conn. – Despite the fears expressed by opponents of the possible Oak Hills Park practice range, at least one potential bid for the project is likely to gain the skeptics’ approval. Jim Downing of Total Driving Range Solutions said Friday that if he can get a new funder, he’s going to propose a practice…