AIG Mystery Haunts Conn. Golf Course
After bailout, taxpayers say they deserve to putt on it
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 17, 2009 12:10 PM CDT
The Morefar golf course eludes local golfers.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Locals rarely see anyone playing the pristine golf course that straddles the Connecticut-New York border, and no one’s quite sure who owns it—though most think it’s linked to insurance giant AIG, the New York Times reports. The mysterious Morefar Back O’Beyond course is rumored to have been built by Chinese workers and have sand traps made of pricey crushed granite—and now that AIG’s been bailed out by the government, some locals think they should be getting a piece of the action.

The course is owned by a subsidiary of Starr International, which was once a “sister entity” to AIG, says an AIG spokesman. The head of Starr, who also ran AIG for years, has a home near the course, but that's as far as the Times could dig. As for who uses it: “All I’ve heard is that it’s a course for AIG executives and that guys like us will never get to play it,” says a golfer playing an adjacent course, which offers a frustrating peek at its mysterious neighbor. “It’s frustrating because in a sense, we’re paying for it.”

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RobN
Aug 17, 2009 6:15 AM CDT
An entire article filled with nothing but unsubstantiated rumors and inuendo. Obviously designed simply to rile people up. Starr owns it, pays the property taxes on it, and since they apparently parted ways with AIG long before the bailout, what is the story here? The fact that some golf courses are private? Well so are some tennis courts, boat launches, shooting ranges and bowling alleys. The "We hate rich people" style of reporting is starting to get a little boring.
Jojo
Aug 17, 2009 6:14 AM CDT
If it's that mysterious and deserted, they should all just start going in and playing on it - who is going to stop them?
Yourself
Aug 17, 2009 5:37 AM CDT
interesting that a golf course is being maintained that no one can figure out who owns it, weather it be AIG or not, it shouldn't be that hard to discover this kind of information..