Amid rumors that Massachusetts club was lobbying members to invest and was considering bankruptcy filing, head pro tells website that he wasn’t sure club would stay open past first weekend of October.
MassLive.com reported on September 30 that it had been told by an official of Hampden (Mass.) Country Club that “the facility’s future hangs in the balance,” even as a “robust tournament” was being held.
“With wares in the pro shop lean even for late September, head pro Billy Downes said he was unclear about the semi-private club’s plans beyond the weekend,” the website reported.
“Amid rumors that the club is lobbying members to invest and that it is considering filing bankruptcy, Downs said he was waiting to hear from ‘ownership’ whether the 18-hole course would stay open beyond Sunday, [October 2],” the report continued.
“ ‘I wish I knew,’ Downes said, adding that he played his first round of golf at the club in the 1970s, when he was 6 years old, ‘right down there, when there were just a few holes,’ gesturing down a knoll from the pro shop.”
Board members at the club could not immediately be reached for comment, MassLive.com said.