Golf to return to former Pontoosuc Country Club

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PITTSFIELD — A smaller-course version of Pontoosuc Lake Country Club will soon return to form.

Property owner Jeff Moxon said the embattled golf course — previously 18 holes — will reopen as a nine-hole course, called Black Rose Golf Club. He also plans to use the rest of the space as a new kind of members-only park for dog-walkers and others who enjoy a nice stroll.

Previous members of the country club can immediately golf for free, he said, because of last year's early closure.

"That's what's been driving this," Moxon said. "I owe those members a couple of weeks' worth of golf and I'd like to give it to them."

New members will be able to sign up soon using his website in progress, he said.

Moxon tried to sell 25 acres of the property to a solar project last year, but neighbors pushed back and the city's Conservation Commission shot the project down. He spent several seasons in the red and still had hopes to sell the property after the solar project fizzled.

Since he hasn't sold, yet, and since he's in the hole with past members, he said he decided to get the course in shape again and try to bring in new people. It's not looking like it should, he said, but it's functional.

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"People are going to have to be patient," he said. "The greens aren't what they're supposed to be."

Still, he said he brought in some new equipment "and things are in pretty good shape." He's had to do a lot of repairs, he said, to catch up on some deferred maintenance.

"We didn't have the manpower to do what we needed," he said.

The course will be a minimalist version of its former self, and now Moxon hopes to welcome people to use the rest of the space as a kind of park and gathering place. He decided to change the name because too many people who were unfamiliar with the club thought it was for canoes and kayaks, he said.

Rules for the more social area of the park will need to be strict, he said.

"We're in new territory," he said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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