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Landscape co. to buy NMH golf course

photo courtesy of Northfield Mount Hermon School
 Snow and Sons has entered into an agreement to buy the Northfield Mount Hermon School golf course in Northfield.

photo courtesy of Northfield Mount Hermon School Snow and Sons has entered into an agreement to buy the Northfield Mount Hermon School golf course in Northfield.

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mount Hermon School announced Monday that it has agreed to sell its 152-acre Northfield Golf Club property to the Snow family of Leyden — the owners of the Greenfield-based Snow & Sons Tree & Landscaping company, which has maintained and run the golf course since 2011.

The sale, which has not yet been finalized and is contingent upon a property evaluation, includes the nine-hole golf course, community swimming pool, four homes, a clubhouse, a pavilion and maintenance buildings. The school didn’t release the agreed sale price, but has asked for $1.25 million since it put the property on the market earlier this year.

Both parties want to complete the transaction by the end of December.

Ed Snow said he hopes to build a family-event center on the property that could accommodate social events and other gatherings. He also would like to build a new clubhouse with a restaurant and bar.

But Snow also wants to work hard to preserve the history of the property for the good of the Northfield community, he said. The golf course opened in 1901, with the current layout in use since 1912, according to the NMH website.

“It’s a beautiful golf course and obviously has a fantastic history,” he said. “It’s unique.”

Snow plans to honor all memberships and any outstanding gift certificates.

Head of School Peter Fayroian said he was pleased that the property is likely headed to a local business owner and community member.

“Ed Snow has already clearly demonstrated his care for the Northfield area, and I’m confident we’ll see this commitment demonstrated in his plans for the property,” he said, in a prepared statement.

The agreement brings the school that much closer in its quest to sell its remaining Northfield property.

The private school sold most of its Northfield campus in 2009 after consolidating to a single campus in Gill. A $10 million dollar gift from an alumnus is allowing the school to build new housing for employees who had remained on the Northfield campus.

In the weeks that followed the school’s March announcement to sell the golf course and surrounding land, a group of citizens expressed interest in collectively purchasing the property. But within months, the residents switched their efforts to protect open space and wetlands on the lot.

The school still hadn’t sold the land by June and decided it would be open to breaking off the golf course from the rest of the property to entice buyers.

But Snow said he has always been interested in purchasing the entire property.

School spokeswoman Cheri Cross said that while there was a great deal of interest in the property, the offer by the Snow family “is the best opportunity for Northfield Mount Hermon to sell the property as a whole.”

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