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November 18, 2021

Food trucks, disc golf eyed for shuttered Simsbury country club

Photo | David Morris via Flickr The view from Talcott Mountain State Park, looking in the direction of the former Tower Ridge Country Club in Simsbury.

Plans are in the works to redevelop Simsbury’s Tower Ridge Country Club as a food truck venue, outdoor recreation area and disc golf course.

In a statement, a group of investors led by Hartford restaurateur Wallace E. “Ron” Ronald said they are working with owner Kevin Casey, of Simsbury Real Estate Holdings, to repurpose the club, which closed down three years ago. They plan to spin off two separate entities: the Talcott Mountain Collective, which will feature rotating food trucks and outdoor space for yard games and fire pits, and Tower Ridge Disc Golf, which will use 30 acres of former golf course as an 18-hole disc golf course.

The two venues will operate independently, the investors said.

The Talcott Mountain Collective is expected to use the country club’s 4,500-square-foot clubhouse and repurpose it for its own needs.

The former Tower Ridge Country Club, which opened in 1959 as Cliffside Country Club, occupies an especially scenic stretch of land on Nod Road near the Simsbury-Avon town line, in view of Talcott Mountain State Park and the 165-foot-tall Heublein Tower. It shut down in early 2019.

Ronald has served as founder or general partner in a number of downtown Hartford restaurants, including 36 Lewis Street, Brown Thompson & Co. and City Steam Brewery. The repurposing of Tower Ridge, he said, will breathe new life into the property, which he called one of the most unique sites of its kind in New England.

“People have a thirst for local and new experiences – across food, beverage and activities as individuals, groups and families,” Ronald said. “They seem to want the familiar, but with an entree into what's new.”

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