As the season changes from spring to summer, leaves (and allergies) make many golfers fully aware that everything is in bloom.
As the next golf season starts at International Golf Club in the suburbs of Boston, it became quite obvious that the club was turning into one of the best private clubs in the New England area.
Located less than an hour from downtown Boston in Bolton, The International has everything a golfer looking for a golf club could want: two 18-hole championship courses with outstanding names, a practice facility that can turn anyone into a paddock and white-gloved service from staff who really love to cater to anyone’s needs or requests.
What they don’t have – aside from a pool, tennis courts and other amenities that are more like a country club than a private golf club – is the pretentiousness of many places with more than 100 years of history. Instead, founded in 1901, The International offers a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is friends. And like the famous bar in Beantown, the place where “everyone knows your name.”
Pay tribute to the membership, which has over 160 members and will no doubt increase once Coore & Crenshaw upgrades the Pines field next year. The world-renowned field design team is refining the original design by Jeffrey S. Cornish and Francis Wimet, rerouting some of the holes and allowing the ground to influence the features. Chur and Crenshaw are also removing a few tees to make the field easier to flow and creating stunning tree-lined corridors that will test The International’s strong players.
“Our job is to connect the holes to the ground the way we naturally see them,” says Crenshaw. “That’s what we’re trying to do – we like to look at the ground without preconceived ideas about what to do. I think we can do a fantastic job with this golf course.”
“We will explore the Pines Course more as a landform in its raw form, as if the golf course didn’t exist,” Chur adds. “We do not want to see this as a restoration of the existing course and depend too much on its features. The potential for interesting golf at Pines is very high.”
Participants look forward to putting their golfing skills to the test at the refurbished Pines course. The serious golfer knows the impact the Coore-Crenshaw name represents – they also know that the owner group, Escalante Golf, places great emphasis on the convenience of playing golf and making the course an unforgettable experience.
“We are very excited about the refurbishment of the Pines Course and what lies ahead,” says The International member Ewan McCullough. “Having seen the vision there and seeing Bill Kuhr and Ben Crenshaw on site, we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come.”
Fueling the excitement is Escalante’s ongoing promise to preserve the club’s 120-year legacy and reimagine the club since they acquired it after it went bankrupt in 2021. Part of this vision was to make the club completely private and upgrade its infrastructure and two championship circuits. A year ago, Tripp Davis and Associates updated the Oaks Course with improvements to Tom Fazio’s tees and bunkers, as well as extensive practice areas.
The Oaks Course updates have received numerous accolades and accolades, even from the club’s harshest critics. And this is perhaps the club’s biggest attraction, and the most important pillar in Escalante’s plans for The International, to create a membership that shares responsibility for bringing a new era of golf to the club.
“Everyone is friendly, from staff to members,” adds McCullough. “With a membership to any golf club, you want to be in a place where you can feel comfortable, happy and be around people who enjoy golf as much as you do. The atmosphere of The International does just that.”
Yes, things are thriving at a club once left for dead.