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WILLIAMSTOWN -- Waubeeka Golf Links, the 18-hole public golf course on Route 7, has a new owner.
Mike Deep, a North Adams developer, purchased the course from owner Jim Goff, of Colorado, on Wednesday. In an interview Wednesday night, Deep said members can expect to see minimal changes when the 190-acre course reopens next month.
"I'm ecstatic," Deep said. "So many members have reached out and asked what they can do to help. I think everyone feels that it's their course. I certainly want to do everything I can to make everyone feel welcome."
Deep and Goff declined to disclose details of the sale including purchase price.
Deep, who also owns Deep Associates Insurance Agency in North Adams, said he hopes to reopen on April 15. The course's name and last year's membership rates will both stay the same, he said.
In addition, Deep said that Course Superintendent Greg Tudor has agreed to stay on and that he is in the process of searching for a pro shop and restaurant manager.
"Having never been in the ‘golf business,' I know many outstanding people who will help me with this venture," Deep wrote in a letter to the membership. "I also am depending on you to support me throughout the coming months. I will need your advice and guidance, and I promise to keep Waubeeka going strong and improving with age."
Goff, a Williamstown native, said Wednesday he felt the course would be in good hands.
"I have some mixed emotions," he said. "On one hand, I'm sad to sell it. It's really a wonderful and beautiful place. At the same time, I'm relieved to not be operating a golf course from 2,000 miles away. And I think the course's future was in question and no longer is, and that's very exciting."
Goff and his wife, Jody, purchased the 190-acre course on New Ashford Road from the Stawarz Family Estate in 2008 for $4.2 million. The course underwent major renovations, which included a redesigned back nine that includes several completely new holes, and a large practice area, before it was placed on the market for $5 million in 2012.
In an August news release, Goff said the asking price had been reduced to $3.5 million after a previous deal to sell the property had fallen through. The course has been listed with Alton & Westall Real Estate of Williamstown.
The sale is good news for local golfers, Chris Baran, Waubeeka member of 12 years, said. Members were concerned about whether the course would reopen for the coming year.
"All us as have been waiting all winter and have heard different rumors going back and forth, and thinking about what we're going to do and where we're going to play," he said. "I think it's a relief that we're going to be able to play at our home course. I think [Deep] will do a good job."
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