Jeremy Roenick, 39, who learned during a recent trip to Boston that Pembroke (Mass.) Country Club was for sale, has closed a deal to buy it. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
An almost certain future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Roenick, raised in Marshfield, Mass. and currently with the San Jose Sharks, is one of the best American-born players in National Hockey League (NHL) history, sitting third in career goals (512), fourth in points (1,213) and fourth in games played (1,354). He’s also a scratch golfer.
According to an article in the Quincy, Mass. Patriot Ledger, Roenick, who was playing for Chicago in the NHL playoffs within a year of graduating from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. in 1988, estimates that he hasn’t played Pembroke in at least 20 years.
“I always remembered how much fun I had playing there, though,” he says in the article. “It was a really special place for me growing up, and I know it was a special place for a lot of people on [Massachusetts’] South Shore.”
A self-described “crazy, avid golfer and golf snob,” Roenick has hustled to bring in a club pro, a greenskeeper, and caterers for the facility’s two function halls. Renovations have begun in advance of a planned April 1 opening, and he has ordered new sand for the traps. “When I play a course, I want it to be pristine—really nice greens, a pretty, well-kept course, a place where I can really enjoy everything about a round,” Roenick told the GateHouse News Service.
“I want playing [at Pembroke] to be a really nice experience for everybody,” Roenick added. “I want it to be a place where people will enjoy relaxing and talking after they play. I know it’s going to take a while before I get it to be exactly as I want it, but I know the people I’ve brought in to take care of it for me will make it a nice place.”
“For an opportunity like this to come up is just unbelievable,” he added. “This is so exciting for me, being the golf nut I am, and being a businessman as well as a hockey player. You look for deals that include real estate, but this was totally unexpected. This is a big thing for myself and my family; I really hope it benefits a lot of people on the South Shore, too.”
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