Thriving: Once left for dead, the International has now grown into a thriving club thanks in large part to its members

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As the season changes from spring to summer, the leaves (and allergies) mean that many golfers are fully aware that everything is in bloom.

As another golf season begins at the International Golf Club in suburban Boston, it has become apparent that the club is becoming one of the top 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 an intensive golf course could want – two 18-hole championship courses with marquee names attached, a workout facility that could turn anyone into a top-notch rat, and top-notch service from a staff that genuinely likes to attend to anyone’s needs or requests.

What they don’t have – besides a swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities associated with country clubs, not private golf clubs – is the pretense commonly found in many many places with a history of over 100 years. Founded in 1901, L’International rather offers a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is a friend. And like a famous Beantown bar, a place where “everyone knows your name”.

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Credit that to the membership, which has over 160 members and is sure to grow once the Coore & Crenshaw renovation of the Pines course is completed next year. The world renowned course design team refines the original Geoffrey S. Cornish/Francis Ouimet design by re-routing some holes and allowing terrain to influence features. Coore and Crenshaw are also removing several tee boxes to make the course smoother and creating stunning tree-lined corridors that will test The International’s strong player following.

“Our job is to marry the holes in the ground as we see them naturally,” says Crenshaw. “That’s what we try to do – we like to see the pitch without preconceptions about what to do. I think we can do a fantastic job with this golf course.

“We will study the Pines course more as a rough terrain, as if there is no golf course,” adds Coore. “We don’t want to see this as restoring an existing course and being too influenced by its characteristics. The potential for interesting golf on the Pines course is very high.

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Members look forward to testing their golf mettle on the revamped Pines course. The serious golfer knows the influence of the Coore-Crenshaw name – they also know that the ownership group, Escalante Golf, places great importance on their golf facilities and that the course will provide the ultimate experience.

“We’re excited about the Pines course upgrade and what’s to come,” said Evan McCullough, member of The International. “Seeing the vision there and seeing both Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw on the property makes us incredibly excited about what’s next.”

Fueling that enthusiasm is Escalante’s ongoing promise to preserve the club’s 120-year legacy and reinvent the club since acquiring it from bankruptcy in 2021. Part of that vision was to make the club fully private and update its infrastructure and its two championship configurations. A year ago, Tripp Davis and Associates revamped the Oaks course, improving tees and bunkers to Tom Fazio’s design, as well as the property’s expansive practice areas.

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The Oaks course updates have received many accolades and accolades from even the harshest critics – club members. And that is perhaps the club’s greatest appeal and the most important pillar in Escalante’s plans for The International – the creation of a membership that shares responsibility for leading a new era of golf at the club.

“Everyone is friendly, from the staff to the members,” adds McCullough. “With any golf club membership, you want to come to a place where you can be comfortable, happy, and be among people who love golf as much as you do. The atmosphere at The International does just that.

Yes, things are blossoming quite well at a club once left for dead.

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