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Nichols College Purchases Dudley Golf Course

DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College has entered into an agreement to buy the approximately 62-acre Dudley Hill Golf Club. The purchase price of $200,000 includes the nine-hole course, a 3,508-square-foot clubhouse, and an 800-square-foot garage at 80 Airport Road; and a 1,491-square-foot light utility building and 896-square-foot garage at 10 Dudley-Oxford Road. The sale is expected to be completed by mid-July 2017.

The property, which is zoned for agricultural and recreational use, is adjacent to the College’s Center Road campus.

“The decision to purchase the Dudley Hill Golf Club was a strategic one for the long-term benefit of Nichols College. Funds from the College’s capital budget will be used to buy the property,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.

Members of Dudley Hill Golf Club—which is open to the public—can expect, at a minimum, the same excellent services and amenities on the course, in the clubhouse and at the restaurant that they have always received. The current operator of the club—Jonathan Hoenig, CEO of Tri-State Golf Co.—will continue to operate the facility.

“Tri-State Golf Co. is excited for the opportunity to continue managing and operating the historic Dudley Hill Golf Club,” said Hoenig. “We are confident our arrangement with Nichols College will ensure that our members, customers, and patrons will continue to enjoy a first-class experience at the facility.” 

Nichols—which joins over 80 other colleges across the nation that own golf courses—and Dudley Hill Golf Club have enjoyed a decades-long relationship. For years, the Nichols golf team has practiced and played there. Nichols annual alumni golf and other fundraising tournaments are also hosted at the club. With this purchase, students studying a variety of business fields at Nichols may have the opportunity for hands-on work experience at the facility.

“Owning the golf course will complement our current academic programs in hospitality management and sport management and provide our students with additional opportunities for experiential learning,” said President Engelkemeyer.


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom. Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that includes a strong liberal arts foundation curriculum.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Nichols College | Learn. Lead. Succeed.
Dudley, Mass.
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