Local Businessman Planning Purchase of Waubeeka
|A purchase and sale agreement has been signed for Waubeeka Golf Links.|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Waubeeka Golf Links should have a new owner Friday.
Michael Deep of North Adams confirmed on Tuesday that he has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement for the 18-hole golf course.
"I'm excited," he said. "I'm very, very excited and happy. Now I'm just waiting for Friday."
Several local names had surfaced as interested buyers in the last few weeks as the deadline loomed for whether the course would open this spring. Deep said he had been interested but backed off when another potential buyer began serious talks with owners James and Jody Goff so as not to get in the way.
"When it didn't happen, Jim called me," Deep said.
James Goff had confirmed earlier in the week that a "verbal agreement" had been made. The Goffs bought the 200-acre course in 2008 and made major upgrades.
The price on the course was dropped last fall from $5 million to $3.5 million; Alton & Westall Real Estate had been marketing the property since the Goffs, who live Colorado, decided to sell it nearly two years ago.
Goff, a former Williamstown high school golf champ, had said he hoped to sell to someone would keep the operation intact, but if not, there was the potential of the three parcels being sold for other uses.
Deep, a local developer and owner of Deep Associates Insurance Agency, said he had no intention of buying a golf course — 45 days ago. Now he's eager to close the deal and prepare the course for an April 15 opening.
"I am planning no changes whatsoever," he said. "The golf superintendent (Greg Tudor) is coming back and the rates are the same as last year."
Deep said he would be able to speak more on Friday; club members are being informed by letter.
Membership rates for 2014 will range from $800 to $2,100, paid by April 1, with juniors at $250 and college students at $350.
There are still things to get in place, Deep said, pending Friday's closing.
"We're going to have a first class operation," he said. "We're certainly on the right road right now."
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