Anthony Bacchi took over ownership of the formerly private, 118-year-old Poughkeepsie, N.Y., property on November 18, and plans to renovate the golf course, clubhouse, and banquet hall before it reopens in the spring.
The 118-year-old Dutchess Golf Club in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will undergo extensive upgrades and changes before it opens in the spring, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
In addition to renovations to the course, clubhouse and banquet hall, the longtime private course will become semi-private, with opportunities for public play, the Journal reported.
Anthony Bacchi took ownership of the property, including its course, banquet hall and pro shop on November 18 from Dutchess Golf Club LLC, the Journal reported.
“We’re very excited about having a new owner,” said member Theresa Stark. “What we hear is that it’s going to be semi-private. We don’t know what that looks like or is going to look like.”
The club is now accepting new memberships and reservations for use of its banquet hall. Membership packages will include full, family and weekday, while the public and guests will be able to pay for a fee, the Journal reported.
The course expanded from nine holes to a full 18-hole loop in 1922. However, since 2012, when members first decided not to continue making mortgage payments and ownership of the course transferred to Rhinebeck Bank, it has undergone multiple management changes. After first enlisting a management group, Affiniti Golf Partners, in 2013, management duties transferred again in 2014, the Journal reported.
Mike Chianelli served on the board at Dutchess Golf. He’s also unsure what to expect now that the club has been sold. “We’ll sit back and see what takes place—what transpires toward to future,” Chianelli said. “It’s got such a storied history. What the future is going to hold is something I don’t know, but hopefully the history is preserved. It’s a high-quality golf club that I happen to be partial to.”