(AGAWAM, Mass.) (WGGB)–The Crestview Country Club in Agawam has reopened under new ownership.
Once an all private club, Crestview is now semi private.
On Monday, golfers were out enjoying the good weather and the newly re-opened Crestview Country Club.
Agawam native David Fleury and a partnership of five others purchased the club for 1.7 million dollars.
For Fleury it’s a homecoming of sorts,”Agawam’s my home I originally grew up here, I actually grew up about a half mile, less than that, over the trees here and used to fish in that pond right there on number two, as a 6-year old, used to ride my little pony around this property and my first job in golf was here as a caddy,” says Fleury.
Now that’s it’s semi private, the public can enjoy this course, and golfers like Jacob Vieu are noticing the change,” This is the first time I’ll be able to play this course because it was a private course, ever since I’ve known so it’s a great feeling to come out here and try a new course,” says Vieu.
The general public he says hasn’t been able to play Crestview since 1958.
The new partners are optimistic about Crestview’s future.
Among the new initiatives is reaching out to under 18 competitive golfers according to investing partner Michael Passerini,” We intend on getting involved with juniors, we have quite a few junior members already, we’re going to be starting some junior clinics soon, and in July we’re going to start a junior league,” says Passerini.
Running a golf course is a competitive business.
Besides Crestview, there have been ownership changes at the Hampden Country Club, Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst and the Northampton Country Club.
So how will Crestview successfully compete? David Fleury says start with the course itself,” One of the reasons Crestview will succeed is that it is one of the three best golf courses in Western Massachusetts, it’s a special property,” says Fleury.