Bill Doyle: GreatHorse 'more of a lifestyle place than it is a country club'

By Bill Doyle 
Telegram & Gazette Staff

When you enter the driveway to GreatHorse in Hampden, you’re greeted by a sign which reads: “Now leaving Western Massachusetts. Welcome to GreatHorse.”

On the way out, another sign reads: “Now entering Western Massachusetts. Thank you for visiting GreatHorse.”

“The significance of that is we’re different,” GreatHorse head golf pro Billy Downes said. “It’s like leaving your home out there and you’re here for the day. It’s almost like a resort. It’s kind of get away from your everyday life and come up here and enjoy it.”

“It’s its own little entity here in our corner of the world,” said assistant pro Joshua Moses, who played golf at Nichols College in the late 1990s.

GreatHorse certainly is different than most golf clubs and not just because of its unusual name.