WILLIAMSTOWN -- After a winter of uncertainty, Waubeeka Golf Links appears to be headed for new ownership.
Current owner James Goff said he has a verbal agreement with a potential buyer for the 18-hole golf course for sale on Route 7 in Williamstown.
"We're looking to have it all done in writing and close on it as quickly as possible, so they can get things up and running for April," he said.
Goff, who lives in Denver, declined to identify the potential buyer and purchase price, but said he hoped to finalize the deal "as soon as it can practically be done, the best case within a week."
It is believed the the potential owner is a local resident.
Goff and his wife, Jody, purchased the 190-acre course on New Ashford Road from the Stawarz Family Estate in 2008 for $4.2 million.
The course underwent major renovations, highlighted by a redesigned back nine that includes several completely new holes and new putting complexes. Part of the renovation included adding a large practice area that includes an all-grass driving range, practice bunkers and a large putting green
The course was placed on the market for $5 million in 2012 with the family citing changing priorities. In an August news release, Goff said the asking price had been reduced to $3.5 million after a previous deal to sell the property had fallen through. The course has been listed with Alton & Westall Real Estate of Williamstown.
Goff said the fate of the facility's restaurant, pro shop, driving range and the hosting of events would be up to the new owner.
"My understanding is they will continue to employ Greg Tudor, the course superintendent who has done a great job for me over the years and has kept course in great condition," he said.
Two-time club champion Chris Baran, who like many other Waubeeka members has been nervously waiting for an outcome, welcomed the potential good news
"If it is true and the course is going to be open this year for business with memberships, it will be a super plus for everyone who has been a member," he said. "It will be a big relief that we don't have to search for a place to play where we might not be as comfortable."