SUTTON, Mass – If some memories last a lifetime then two of the most cherished words in the golf vocabulary for New England fans is Pleasant Valley.
There’s only one Pleasant Valley for true golf enthusiasts in New England. It’s located in central Massachusetts, a few miles south of Worcester and known to insiders as “P.V.”
Over a span of 38 years it has hosted a combined total of 45 memorable PGA and LPGA tournaments and from the 60’s to the late 90’s the greatest names in professional golf have played here.
Starting in 1965, New England golf fans flocked to Pleasant Valley to watch Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and Sam Snead compete in the Carling World Open, at the time the largest PGA Tour event in history boasting a purse of $200,000. The event welcomed international players from 14 countries with Tony Lema raising the Champions trophy that year, with Arnold Palmer and his entourage of “Arnie’s Army” finishing second.
The PGA Tour visited Pleasant Valley Country Club 32 times and winners included Arnold Palmer (1968 Kemper Open), Billy Casper (1970 Avco Classic), Roger Maltbie (1975 Pleasant Valley Classic), Ray Floyd (1977 Pleasant Valley Classic), Mark Calcavecchia (1988 Bank of Boston Classic), Paul Azinger (1993 New England Classic) and Loren Roberts (1977 CVS Charity Classic). PV’s final PGA Tour event was 1998 with Steve Pate claiming the winner’s check of $270,000, more than the inaugural 1965 event’s total purse.
The glory days at PV are long gone. This week the 18-hole 6,988-yard, par 72 golf course with 30,000 sq. ft. clubhouse situated on 136 acres is For Sale with an asking price of $4 million.
The town of Sutton tax records show an assessment of $5.3 million with land valued at $3.5 million and building at $1.7 million. Annual taxes are $88,195.
The property was originally owned by the Mingola family who ran into financial problems about 2002. The bank foreclosed on the real estate shortly after and the Magill Family of Grafton bought it in December 2010 for $5 million. The Magill family also own Highfields Golf & Country Club in Grafton.
You’ve probably read or heard that two-thirds of all golf courses are in financial straits. Well Pleasant Valley is on that list. According to the National Golf Foundation 213 courses in the United States closed in 2018 while only 13 opened.
Currently, Pleasant Valley Country Club is listed For Sale by Leisure Investment Property Group, a Florida-based real estate broker specializing in high end golf properties, for $4 million.
Listed below is text from the marketing brochure:
“Pleasant Valley Country Club is an exclusive privately-owned private country club.
This classic parkland layout is routed over rolling terrain lined with mature hardwood trees.
The Club has been referred to as “New England’s Home to Professional Golf” having hosted 32 PGA Tour Events and 13 LPGA Tour Events.
The 30,700 SF Clubhouse offers locker rooms, a casual bar and grill, an outdoor covered patio and Grand View Ballroom with spectacular views of the golf course.
Additional amenities include a Wedding Ceremony Garden, Golf Building, Maintenance Facility, Golf Cart Storage and Fitness Center.”
* 18-Hole Championship Golf Course
* Full Service Private Club
* 30,700 SF Clubhouse
* Grand View Ballroom Accommodates up to 350 Guests
* Tour Quality Practice Facilities
* Free Standing Golf Building and Fitness Center
* Majority of Maintenance Equipment is Owned and Included in the Sale
* T-12 Gross Revenue in Excess of $3.5 Million
* Cash Flow Positive Operation
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