Golf Business: From Good to Greathorse

By Kyle Darbyson

With a unique vision and deep pockets, the Antonacci family has transformed the bankrupt Hampden Country Club into an elite facility

When Guy Antonacci and his family purchased Hampden Country Club at auction, they knew the southern Massachusetts facility needed some work to get up to their exacting standards. First were renovations to 44 of the course’s bunkers. Then, all stakeholders agreed the newly minted bunkers accentuated the shortcomings of the 40-year-old greens, so they were replaced. That created an opportunity to reroute a few holes, and so on. Now, nearly five years and $45 million later, the club has been completely transformed and reopened under the name GreatHorse.