New ownership to honor heritage, reimagine vision for area’s only 36-hole iconic private golf club
(BOLTON, Mass.) – Escalante Golf, a boutique owner and operator of unique golf assets, 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.
“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. It was recognized in 2020 as one of Golfweek's “Best Courses You Can Play.” 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.
About Escalante Golf
Founded in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties across nine states. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has quietly assembled an impressive collection of exclusive clubs in key markets that have hosted several prestigious amateur and professional golf tournaments including the U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, the Charles Schwab Cup, the WGC Match Play Championship, the WinCo Foods Portland Open and the Shell Houston Open. Operating partners David McDonald, Elcio Silva, Robert Silva and David Matheson direct the Escalante team.
For more information: visit www.escalantegolf.com or call (817) 386-9721.