1. Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

    Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

    The Blandford Club, a 110-year-old golf course on a Berkshires hilltop with views of Pioneer Valley below, might not have opened for golf this spring. The 56 acres of land would be sold, the club’s dwindling core group of member feared, and its rolling fairways would be turned into a housing subdivision. But that didn't happen. Instead, a group of longtime members headed by Mark Amanti, owner of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, bought the club and assumed its debts. The newly renamed Blandford Country Club is preparing to open around May 1.

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    1. We bought it with our hearts, not our heads.
    2. Like a lot of of member-owned clubs, we were struggling. We were probably not going to open this year.
    3. The impact of Tiger can be significant.
    4. I think you are seeing a slight correction in supply.
    5. It's not about one member of the family playing and everyone else tagging along.
    6. They have made the game fun, engaging and entertaining.
    7. The USGA is emphasizing the nine-hole round.
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