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Video: Buffalo Grove Golf Director Retires After 39 Years

Carmen Molinaro was honored for his service Monday night by the Village Board.

Buffalo Grove’s golf director was recognized by village officials for 39 years of service on Monday, which was his last day on the job.

Carmen Molinaro, who has led operations at both the Buffalo Grove Golf Course and the Arboretum Club course, was praised for his accomplishments, which have included receiving a PGA Gold Professional of the Year Award.

“It’s been a labor of love. I’ve enjoyed every single year I’ve been here since 1973,” said Molinaro, who thanked village staff and the community for their support.

“I’m not going to disappear. I’m not going to be working, but I’ll still be around," he said. 

Village President Jeff Braiman presented Molinaro with a certificate recognizing his service to Buffalo Grove.

“You’ve touched a lot of people’s lives. You’ve made the experience on the golf course a great one,” he said.

The village has appointed an interim director at each course. 

Janet Sirabian November 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Carmen, you brightened my day every time I saw you. We will all miss you!
Bill November 16, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Maybe local golfers will have a better chance of using the courses now that the outdated management is gone. Just about every course in the area has lotteries for regular weekend tee times and gives preference to residents. Not our courses- so local golfers who were not lucky enough to be around in the long ago days when the times were given out are frozen out of the chance for getting good tee times. Also, try to get in an "early, quick 9" during the week before work on our courses- it just is not available. Have to go to Sportsmans or Deerfield or Chevy if I want to play 6 am 9 hole rounds in the summer.
John L November 17, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Really Bill? Because I have the 6:18am tee time on Sat at Arboretum, and for most of the last 2 years, the tee time in front of us, and the tee time behind us have been open. You are welcome to one of those, or can join my group at 6:18, as a single (when we have a vacancy, often). As far as preference to residents; non-residents, at Arboretum, pay 22% more on weekends and 40% more on weekdays, with similar fee differences at BG. Should the courses give up that income and remain vacant to keep keep times open for last minute resident drop ins? If you are able to go to Sportmans, Deerfield, or Chevy, as a non-resident, then their management must be just as "outdated". I have nothing but praise for Carmen. I play Arboretum 1/wk, BG 1/mo (for some 15 years), and help bring in and run 2 outings per year at Arboretum. My wife and I play a lot of other courses also. As a customer, I can tell you that Carmen and his staff are as professional as they come. They are friendly, helpful, accomodating, and know their jobs. Carmen has always been a gentleman of the highest caliber, and he will be sorely missed. Carmen: Congratulations on your well deserved retirement. It has been a privilege to know you.

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