AIG Mystery Haunts Conn. Golf Course

After bailout, taxpayers say they deserve to putt on it

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2009 12:10 PM CDT

(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.”

The Morefar golf course eludes local golfers.
The Morefar golf course eludes local golfers.   (Shutterstock)
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