Wentworth Hills Golf Club, Plainville, Massachusetts is open for business despite the ups and downs of the past several years. Don Bierer and his brother Casey make up the new management team of this absolutely fabulous Howard Maurer designed course. A recent agreement avoided a foreclosure auction when Wentworth Hills Property, LLC, (formally Potomac Realty Trust), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allowing the course to re-open under strict court supervision. “I got a call from the owners of Wentworth Hills on April 11th asking if I would be willing to manage Wentworth’s operation. They had just been given permission by the court to open the facility”, Don told me when we sat down to chat recently. Don’s extensive background in real estate and asset management also includes golf course development, construction and operation. With brother Casey’s background, this duo just could be the shot in the arm Wentworth Hills needs to finally take its place among the top courses in New England. Don had visited Wentworth Hills a few years ago coming way with a sense that the facility had a tremendous future. “Before making my decision, I contacted Casey. I knew with his background and connections in the golf world we would make a terrific team. I was confident together we could turn things around here. As a team, I would call us the ‘right and left brain’ of an operation like this”, Don told me.
Casey Bierer has an extensive background in media. His bio includes 5 years as producer and on air reporter for the GOLF CHANNEL, Producer / Literary Manager at Prospecting Hill Company, Inc., and Literary Agent at the Stone Manners Agency. His connections coupled with his media and marketing experience round out this management team. The Wentworth Hills golf course is literally carved out of the woods featuring rolling hills and meadows as it meanders between the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With over 50 well placed sand traps, to say it is a beautiful layout is putting it mildly. In fact, it’s so pristine, the thought came to me that it resembles a nature preserve in places. In addition to the course, there is an extremely well maintained driving range and golf academy with a two tiered grass tee area. A large practice putting green sits in front of the club house adjacent to the first tee. PGA Professional John Eldridge is available for lessons. Wentworth Hills is not a long course at just over 6,300 yards, but after riding the course, this old pro can tell you it is no push over. If you can’t place your tee shot, you will have a rough time of it. There are four sets of tee boxes that dramatically change the character of each hole.
The course is impeccably maintained by Peter Ohlson, Superintendant and his staff. “I think Peter knows where every blade of grass is on this course. We are so fortunate Wentworth Hills Golf Club to have him with us”, Don commented. Getting Wentworth Hills ready for this 2011 season has been a monumental challenge. Casey told me when he and Don first walked in to the clubhouse, they found a real disaster. It took a service cleaning crew 5 days to clean literally everything. “It was as if the previous management team closed the doors and walked away with no effort to protect or winterize the building. You just don’t do that”, Casey said. The club opened this year with only 20 golf carts. They have since built the fleet to 50 carts. “It has been a real challenge. Because of the bankruptcy situation, we have had to literally pay as we go. Fortunately we have had the support of vendors and the community. Memorial Day was our first big test. We had over 600 rounds and things went very well. Players were so pleased to see the course opened. It seemed everyone came up and welcomed us wishing us good luck. It was incredible”, Don said. The famed Lafayette House restaurant, Foxborough, is handling the food service operation at Wentworth Hills so you are assured of the best quality food. When it comes to the staff, from the shop attendant, cart person to the restaurant staff, everyone at Wentworth Hills is genuinely interested in making sure you have a good experience. This is a quality you expect to see at exclusive facilities. Most impressive “To have a successful operation, you need a staff that reflects the attitude of management. Our goal is to give every customer an enjoyable experience the minute they walk through the door. We are confident we have a staff second to none”, Casey told me.
Wentworth Hills is far more than just a golf course. The club house is available for private parties, receptions, fund raisers, business meetings and outings. No matter the size, Wentworth Hills will do it all at a price that is affordable. I could not find one negative comment anywhere about Wentworth Hills Golf Club which tells me this facility has simply not had the right people at the helm, until now. The rate structure at Wentworth Hills is most reasonable. Weekday rates: 18 holes $32 and $27 after 4pm/9holes $24. An evening rate for walkers after 6pm is $20. Weekend rates: Friday through Sunday and Holidays: $42 for 18 holes, $37 after 4pm/$29 for 9 holes. Carts are $17 per person for 18 holes and $9 per person for 9 holes. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing Wentworth Hills, I strongly suggest give it a try. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it. Wentworth Hills is located in the rolling hills of Plainville off 495 at the Wrentham Outlets. A short drive West on Rt1A to Rt121 in Wrentham then to Hancock Rd. The club is at 27 Bow St. To make your tee time, call (508)-316-0240 or go to www.wentworthhillsgc.com.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?