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Northfield Golf Club sale finalized


Northfield Golf Club clubhouse. Recorder/Paul Franz

Northfield Golf Club clubhouse. Recorder/Paul Franz

NORTHFIELD — The local nine-hole golf course now has a new owner.

The Snow family of Leyden has purchased the golf course and surrounding wetlands from the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Edward Snow Jr., through his company Snow and Sons Landscaping, has managed and maintained the course since 2011. The landscaping company, though, is not involved in the sale.

The purchase agreement was announced by NMH in October of 2013, but the actual sale was postponed until January for several reasons, said Snow.

The family has several property improvements planned.

“We’d like to create a destination in Northfield where local residents and visitors alike will enjoy a variety of activities,” said Snow.

Plans include opening a bed and breakfast in an old Victorian house that sits between the sixth and seventh greens, a larger clubhouse including a restaurant and lounge, upgrades to the club’s pool and increased parking for golfers as well as anyone who wants to enjoy the wooded portion of the property.

Snow said he would also like to make the club’s facilities available for town events and gatherings. He said he will also let locals use the property in the off-season for things like sledding and cross-country skiing.

Snow also hopes to make use of the water available on site for irrigation. This would lessen the demand on the East Northfield Water Co., which currently supplies the club’s water.

“There’s water on the property, and we should be using it to water the course,” he said.

Snow has met with Northfield residents several times, to find out what the community wants for the future of the course.

The family is also exploring options for public use of 52 acres of forest and wetlands on the property. The discussion started when a group of Northfielders heard the course was up for sale and rallied to protect the wetlands portion. Snow said his family will continue to meet with the group.

The Snows have already resumed maintenance of hiking trails on the property, which hadn’t been done in years. Work has also begun around the Victorian house, where Snow’s employees have been clearing brush and other vegetation which blocked the view of the house.

The golf course has been a part of Northfield since it was opened by NMH in 1901. The school closed its Northfield campus in 2005, consolidating to its nearby Gill campus. The consolidation has involved sales of several Northfield properties.

“We’re so pleased about the Snows buying the golf course properties for many reasons,” said Peter Fayroian, head of NMH. “The sale is an important part of the school’s consolidation to one campus, and the Snows’ vision means the property will continue to be a wonderful, dynamic resource to families in the Northfield area.”

While the facilities will be revamped, the course itself will remain the same. There are no plans to add a “back nine,” and expansion to an 18-hole club is unlikely due to the lay of the land.

All current club memberships will be honored when the course opens this spring, as will all outstanding gift certificates.

NMH listed the golf course for sale at $1.25 million in March of 2013. Snow declined to disclose the final purchase price of the golf course, but the Registry of Deeds lists the sale at $450,000.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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