History

We love the game of golf but since we don’t love the attitude encountered at most clubs, we decided to build GreatHorse around the idea of like-minded members enjoying a lifestyle club without the stuffiness of traditional clubs. GreatHorse is a private club located in the small town of Hampden, Massachusetts where you and your family will feel completely at home in our opulent mountain retreat. Come relax with us, enjoy world-class golf, and take advantage of unparalleled clubhouse amenities such as the outdoor pool, private spa, fitness center, golf simulators, tennis and platform tennis courts, and the restaurant and bar. It’s different at GreatHorse.

The Story Behind the Name

As one of the most sought-after breeders in the nation, the Antonacci family has been synonymous with racing greatness and integrity for over 50 years. Their involvement as owners and breeders in five Hambletonian Champions with some of the greatest racehorses the sport has ever laid eyes upon, makes them well known on harness racing’s biggest stages. To reflect this proud history, they selected the name GreatHorse, which is English for “Gran Cavallo”, the title of Leonardo Da Vinci’s magnificent horse statue.

Our Family

Guy Antonacci
President
Looking after the interests of the membership and making sure they enjoy every minute at the club is what drives Guy in his role as president and owner of GreatHorse. His managemen…
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Guy Antonacci

President

Looking after the interests of the membership and making sure they enjoy every minute at the club is what drives Guy in his role as president and owner of GreatHorse. His management style is to encourage every member of the staff to take responsibility for their everyday performance as if they were each the club president. It’s an approach that’s been key to the success of his family’s businesses since 1974. When he's not at work, you can find him hanging with family or enjoying the outdoors. 

I come from a big family. You learn to meet challenges by thinking outside of the box and always treating each other with respect.
Bryan Smithwick
General Manager
Born to deliver a gracious good time, Bryan began his career as a bartender at a private club in his native Georgia. He brings his southern charm to GreatHorse along with twenty ye…
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Bryan Smithwick

General Manager

Born to deliver a gracious good time, Bryan began his career as a bartender at a private club in his native Georgia. He brings his southern charm to GreatHorse along with twenty years of food and beverage experience and his instinctive team management skills, honed at private clubs in New York and Connecticut. When he’s not at work, you can find him spending time out on the lake or enjoying nature with his wife and two pups, Boone and Scarlett.

I’m here to help GreatHorse shed many of the old guard’s stuffy rules, and to create an experience that guests will never forget!
Allison Kline
Membership Director
A sales and marketing specialist for over 10 years, Allison finds closing the deal on GreatHorse membership an easy and gratifying challenge. Among her strengths is a genuine desir…
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Allison Kline

Membership Director

A sales and marketing specialist for over 10 years, Allison finds closing the deal on GreatHorse membership an easy and gratifying challenge. Among her strengths is a genuine desire to connect with potential members and match them with the options the club has to offer. When she’s not at work, you can find her outside, spending time with family, shopping, or traveling the world. 

It makes me happy to see people I signed up enjoying the club, smiling and laughing with their families. It’s really what we’re all about.
Billy Downes, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Tying for 6th place in the New England Classic on the PGA Tour, Billy then continued with four full seasons on The Nike Tour, finishing in 2nd place at his best. He has always had …
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Billy Downes, PGA

Head Golf Professional

Tying for 6th place in the New England Classic on the PGA Tour, Billy then continued with four full seasons on The Nike Tour, finishing in 2nd place at his best. He has always had a love for golf and has been with GreatHorse since the very start, standing beside the Antonacci Family in the development stages of the new club. After 36 years in the sport, and his continued love for teaching and attention to customer service, Billy knows he is well equipped to elevate the golf experience for the membership here and plans to do every day.

I enjoy helping bring out the best golfer in every person, at every level.
Michelle Pastore
Director of Retail
A long-term veteran in green grass retailing, Michelle has spent the majority of her professional tenure working with iconic private facilities in the Boston area.  In additio…
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Michelle Pastore

Director of Retail

A long-term veteran in green grass retailing, Michelle has spent the majority of her professional tenure working with iconic private facilities in the Boston area.  In addition to working on major events, she has sat on industry retailer boards and has been a part of the success behind multiple PGA national awards recipients. Her talents include golf operations, logo development and branding, shop design, purchasing, merchandising and corporate tournament application. 

I am thrilled to be a part of what makes GreatHorse unique and to contribute to the foundation of a legacy.
Michela Paolucci
Executive Administrator
As liason between the GreatHorse team, its corporate headquarters, and the outside world, Michela is a communications professional on a mission. In addition to her natural ability …
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Michela Paolucci

Executive Administrator

As liason between the GreatHorse team, its corporate headquarters, and the outside world, Michela is a communications professional on a mission. In addition to her natural ability to simplify complex scenarios and create systems to help the team, Michela is relentlessly driven, resourceful, and eminently uncompromising. When she’s not at work, you can find her planning her next tropical vacation or hanging out with her little family. 

The more I accomplish, the more I want to do.
James Lentz
Executive Chef
Growing up in a large Greek family where getting together over a delicious meal was a common occurrence, Chef James strives to bring that same atmosphere to GreatHorse by spending …
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James Lentz

Executive Chef

Growing up in a large Greek family where getting together over a delicious meal was a common occurrence, Chef James strives to bring that same atmosphere to GreatHorse by spending endless time in the kitchen creating delicious meals. With over 15 years of knowledge, he passes his experience onto others to help them grow and continue learning, while always striving to make every plate perfect. When he’s not working, you can find him at the ice rink playing hockey or spending time at home with his wife, Jenny, and children, Leila and Logan.

I like the action of the clubhouse. It keeps me thinking on my feet and keeps my chef skills sharp - pun intended.
Samantha Dion
Communications Director
As the communication connection between the Club, membership, and the outside world, Sami is passionate in developing marketing strategies that effectively share news thr…
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Samantha Dion

Communications Director

As the communication connection between the Club, membership, and the outside world, Sami is passionate in developing marketing strategies that effectively share news throughout the Club. She is our brand ambassador, building brand awareness and integrity through all Club communications. When she’s not at work, you can find her hiking in the fall, going to the beach in the summer, or snowboarding in the winter.

Alexander Torres
Food & Beverage Director
Alexander’s natural gifts for stress management, multi-tasking and socializing, make him the perfect dining room manager for both quiet evenings and bustling restaurant event…
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Alexander Torres

Food & Beverage Director

Alexander’s natural gifts for stress management, multi-tasking and socializing, make him the perfect dining room manager for both quiet evenings and bustling restaurant events. Add to that his creativity, patience and easy-going personality and you have the perfect dining room experience from both the guest’s and the staff’s point of view. When he's not at work, you can find him hiking, kayaking, cooking at home, or going out to eat at local restaurants. 

Tackling menus, staff, costs, and guest interactions all at the same time while remaining flexible and composed, keeps me challenged and happy.
Polibio Vargas
Sommelier
Sommelier Polibio Vargas is a master at discovering, tasting, and presenting both varietal and old-world wines for pairing with food or to enjoy on their own. He is passionate…
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Polibio Vargas

Sommelier

Sommelier Polibio Vargas is a master at discovering, tasting, and presenting both varietal and old-world wines for pairing with food or to enjoy on their own. He is passionate about educating and encouraging guests to try a variety of wines from different regions, and to appreciate the characteristics of each. When he’s not at work, you can find him visiting small wine shops trying to find rare bottles to introduce to the Club, and spending time with wine makers.

It is my pleasure and privilege to share my knowledge of wines with club members and to witness their enjoyment personally.
Clark Kadis
Agricultural Coordinator
Supported by degrees in applied science and agricultural business, Clark brings a decade of experience in farming, agricultural mechanics and agritourism to GreatHorse. He combines…
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Clark Kadis

Agricultural Coordinator

Supported by degrees in applied science and agricultural business, Clark brings a decade of experience in farming, agricultural mechanics and agritourism to GreatHorse. He combines a lifelong interest in sustainable agriculture with an eye for detail and passion for creativity. When he’s not at work, you can find him at an auction or in the shop welding and fabricating his next idea.

Managing agricultural projects presents something different and challenging every day. I enjoy finding strategic solutions that work and being ‘hands on’ any time I get the chance.
Matt Stein, PGA
Director of Golf Performance
With twenty years of experience in helping players improve their golf game, Matt's areas of expertise include building programs from a holistic approach that encompasses techni…
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Matt Stein, PGA

Director of Golf Performance

With twenty years of experience in helping players improve their golf game, Matt's areas of expertise include building programs from a holistic approach that encompasses technique, equipment, and conditioning. He believes that learning and acquiring the skills of the game should always be a fun process.

When you book a lesson with Matt, he uses designed fact-based golf instruction with TOUR Player data with technology to simplify golf improvement, and make the game more enjoyable. A collaboration between student and teacher revolving around one’s natural ability through optimal sequence of motion is at the hallmark of his instruction.

Creating customized game plans to target goals relative to each individual will ensure regardless of skill level, that each student achieves success in learning their own mind, body, and swing connection. With a combination of technology to measure and provide benchmarks, as well as tracking your progress along the way, Matt will be sure to make the learning process fun and effective. When he's not at work, you can find him searching for local fishing spots or working on his golf game.

If you're not measuring, you're just guessing. Motion creates position. Learn your mind, body and swing connection today!
Cham
Lodging Coordinator
As a hospitality professional for over 30 years, Cham works hard to ensure each member and guest is satisfied during their stay at GreatHorse. He takes pride in making everyone fee…
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Cham

Lodging Coordinator

As a hospitality professional for over 30 years, Cham works hard to ensure each member and guest is satisfied during their stay at GreatHorse. He takes pride in making everyone feel at home when they are visiting the facilities, as well as doing anything he can to assist with special requests. There’s nothing more rewarding to Cham then knowing his efforts of helping others gives them the desire to visit GreatHorse again. When he’s not at work, you can find him with his family or out shopping.

Tommy Sandomierski
Facilities Director
Working as a hands-on problem solver, Tommy brings over 20 years of experience in maintenance. He enjoys working and interacting with others to help bring the facilities to their h…
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Tommy Sandomierski

Facilities Director

Working as a hands-on problem solver, Tommy brings over 20 years of experience in maintenance. He enjoys working and interacting with others to help bring the facilities to their highest expectations. In his free time, you can find him playing music or spending time with his 4 dogs and 4 cats.

Kady Hervieux
Sous Chef
With a keen eye for detail and over 10 years of experience, Kady enjoys creating unique recipes while continuously serving high quality food. She regularly works with members atten…
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Kady Hervieux

Sous Chef

With a keen eye for detail and over 10 years of experience, Kady enjoys creating unique recipes while continuously serving high quality food. She regularly works with members attending to their dietary restrictions and enjoys being able to put together amazing dishes to satisfy member preferences or health allergies. When she’s not working, you can find her spending quality time with her kids, Kaolani, Matthew, and Xavior, and anywhere outdoors- her backyard, her garden, or somewhere in nature.

Matt Tarka
Sous Chef
A Western Massachusetts native with over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, Matt’s main goal is to keep every plate consistent while maintaining high quality. His valuabl…
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Matt Tarka

Sous Chef

A Western Massachusetts native with over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, Matt’s main goal is to keep every plate consistent while maintaining high quality. His valuable knowledge in the culinary world reflects in his work, creating savory dishes that complement our gourmet dining experience. When he’s not working, you can find him fishing, camping, or searching for wild edibles around New England.

Jared Smith, PGA
1st Assistant Golf Professional
Jared takes pride in his passion for helping junior golfers maximize their potential while shaping their confidence when playing the game. He strives to create an atmosphere that i…
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Jared Smith, PGA

1st Assistant Golf Professional

Jared takes pride in his passion for helping junior golfers maximize their potential while shaping their confidence when playing the game. He strives to create an atmosphere that is a home away from home for members and their guests. His patience, knowledge, and passion for the game from over 20 years of experience continues to grow and shows in his hard work. If he’s not at work, you can find him at home relaxing with his wife and two kids, Douglas and Evelyn, or creating different types of pizzas.

Taylor Coffey
Private Events Coordinator
After over 5 years of being part of the GreatHorse Family, Taylor brings extensive knowledge and a dedication to detail when planning private member events. Her approachable manner…
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Taylor Coffey

Private Events Coordinator

After over 5 years of being part of the GreatHorse Family, Taylor brings extensive knowledge and a dedication to detail when planning private member events. Her approachable manners, helpful organization skills, and kind heart are reflected in her strong work ethic to serve members with top-notch customer service. When she’s not at work, you can find her spending time with friends and family, or somewhere outdoors- at the beach, practicing yoga, or going hiking.

Alyssa Lucas
Bar Manager
GreatHorse Veteran, Alyssa, is most passionate about creating a memory for our members. She is devoted to the success of her team and creating an experience for our members that wi…
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Alyssa Lucas

Bar Manager

GreatHorse Veteran, Alyssa, is most passionate about creating a memory for our members. She is devoted to the success of her team and creating an experience for our members that will stay with them forever. When she’s not at work, you can find her at the beach with her German Shepherd, Lacey, or out exploring and scoping out new ideas to bring back to the club. 

Marissa Karpells
Dining Room Manager
After spending many years serving and working in the event world, Marissa is dedicated to making a memorable experience for all of our members and guests. Her love for the hospital…
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Marissa Karpells

Dining Room Manager

After spending many years serving and working in the event world, Marissa is dedicated to making a memorable experience for all of our members and guests. Her love for the hospitality business shows in her hard work, as she is always striving to meet the highest expectations. When she’s not at work, you can find her anywhere outside- either hiking with her loved ones or spending the day at the beach.