The Bolton, Mass. property, which is home to the country’s longest golf course, was previously owned by Dan and Florence Weadock and purchased out of bankruptcy. The International did not open in 2020 and had numerous creditors, including those who paid for memberships and others who paid for weddings at the club.
Escalante Golf has acquired The International in Bolton, Mass.—the only 36-hole private golf club in the Greater Boston area. Home to the nation’s longest course with designs from renowned architects Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, The International is steeped in a rich 120-year history of challenging, championship golf. Staying true to its heritage, Escalante Golf plans to preserve this legacy and expand on its vision to reimagine the club in 2021 and beyond.
C+RB reported on the potential sale in November 2020. It was reported at the time that the club would be sold to Escalante Golf for $10 million if the club’s many creditors voted to approve a liquidation plan. A bankruptcy court hearing on confirmation of the plan was scheduled for December 10. Creditors include those who paid for memberships and others who paid for weddings at the club, which did not open in 2020 and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts Central Division in Worcester in May.
“From its history and championship layouts to its picturesque New England landscape and ideal proximity to Boston, we saw a unique opportunity in The International to build something truly special and different,” said David McDonald, President of Escalante Golf. “We aim to create a welcoming environment with a golf-first experience, fostering a culture rooted in a deep respect for the game that honors and connects the community, whether they are members, guests or staff.”
Membership will be comprised of stewards who will share in the responsibility of shepherding a new era of golf at The International. Escalante Golf has already begun conversations with prospective members as they plan for the Spring 2021 reopening of the club.
“We welcome all golfers who value the camaraderie and community the game cultivates, uphold its time-honored traditions and embrace its endlessly rewarding challenges,” said McDonald. “The International is building a membership of successful leaders from diverse backgrounds that will continue for generations to come.”
At 8,325 yards, the Pines course at The International is the longest course in the U.S. and one of the most difficult due to its large, dramatic green complexes and penal bunkers. It was originally designed in 1953 by Geoffrey Cornish who was assisted by the legendary amateur, Francis Ouimet. The Pines course was later renovated and lengthened by famed golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones.
The Oaks course is one of two golf course designs by Fazio located in Massachusetts. Fazio also designed the club’s expansive practice facility that serves both courses, including a double-sided driving range with multiple short-game areas. Escalante’s plans for further course designs and enhancements will be announced soon and build upon the established foundation of championship golf.
Escalante Golf acquired The International out of bankruptcy. It was previously owned by Dan and Florence Weadock, who were widely respected after successfully elevating the prestige and reputation of the club.