The International Acquired by Escalante
By Dave Daubert
Escalante Golf of Fort Worth, Texas acquired The International--the only 36 hole private golf club in the Greater Boston area. Home to the longest course with designs from 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 the legacy and expand on its vision to reimagine the club in 2021.
"From its history and championship layouts to its picturesque New England landscape and ideal proximity to Boston, we saw a unique opportunity build something truly special and different at The International," said David McDonald, President of Escalante. "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 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," added McDonald. "The International is building a membership of successful leaders from a diverse background that will continue for generations to come."
At 8,325 yards the Pines course at The International is the longest golf course in the country and one of the most difficult due in most part to its large dramatic green complexes and penal bunkers. It was originally designed by noted ASGCA member Geoffrey Cornish assisted by two-time U.S. Open Champion, amateur Francis Ouimet. The Pines was later renovated and lengthened by Robert Trent Jones.
The Oaks course is just one of two course designs by Tom Fazio located in Massachusetts. Tom also designed the club's expansive practice facility that serves both courses, including a double-sided driving range with multiple short-game areas.
Escalante purchased the club out of bankruptcy proceedings caused in part by the pandemic. It was owned by Dan and Florence Weadoch, who had taken the club to new heights, being recognized by Golfweek as one of "The Best Courses You Can Play." Escalante's plans for further club enhancements will be announced in the spring.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.