New owners plan McGregor Links as year-round destination

The new owners of McGregor Links Country Club are bringing in a brewing company, installing an indoor golf simulator and renovating some of the golf course to turn the Wilton, New York country club into a year-round destination.

“We’re really pushing for the year-round. We’re really pushing to bring the country club back to families,” said Blake Crocitto, one of the new owners.

Crocitto and his business partner, William Ahl, owner of Ontario Scrap Metal in Albany, will bring in Druthers Brewing Company to run the restaurant, with cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing as recreation options.

Druthers Brewing Company, a craft brewery and restaurant based in Saratoga, will move into McGregors by April. The brewery, which is also expanding into a new Albany location, will use the space as test-kitchen to develop new beers and to brew small batches for club members. Crocitto and Ahl will add air conditioning and heating to the restaurant and expand the bar area.

McGregor will remain a semi-private club. The restaurant will be open year-round to the public.

McGregor Links is the fifth most difficult golf course in the Albany area, according to the Albany Business Review‘s Book of Lists. The country club features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool and clubhouse.

The club has more than 440 members. Crocitto believes he can add about 100 members over the course of 2015.

“It’s a lofty goal,” he said. “We think we can get here, even possibly by the end of this season.”

Part of the draw, he said, will be an indoor golf simulator that will bring in members during the winter months to work on their game or test new equipment. The simulator will be installed in late 2015, he said.

Members can expect to see course improvements during the summer, Crocitto said. Those improvements will including patching up the fairways and greens and removing some trees for more sunlight.

“It’s really an exciting time for McGregors,” he said. “My business partner and I feel this is the best course in the area when it comes to layout, so we won’t do too much to the layout. We’ll just make it better.”