WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Is Golf Relevant? With today's overscheduled families, non- golfers may wonder if the game of golf is still relevant. The report, "The Massachusetts Golf Economy," developed for the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations and Golf 20/20 by SRI International in 2014 showed that the number participating in the sport of golf in New England in 2012 was 1,258,000, while the total participation rate across the country was 25.3 million. In addition, Bay State golf facilities generated revenues compa- rable to all other spectator sports in the state combined, including football, baseball, bas- ketball, hockey, and soccer. Golf contributes $2.7 billion in gross economic output, com- parable to other significant Massachusetts industries such as medical equipment manu- facturing ($3.5 billion). More Than Golf There is no question that golf is more than relevant at The Weston Golf Club. It was the love of the game that brought golf to Weston in 1894 and, with that love, the townspeople started a crudely assembled club and built it up over generations to become a picturesque haven for its members. And while it is the love of golf that continues to thrive at The Weston Golf Club, many family sporting activities such as tennis, paddle tennis, swimming, and bowling add to the club's experience. Even so, there is more to the club experience than activities and buildings and grounds. Golf clubs are one part sport and three parts people. In the words of the club's president, Thomas R. Ferry, "the fiber of Weston Golf Club is neither in the condition of the course nor in the appear- ance of the Clubhouse, but rather in the friendly, family atmosphere that has been enjoyed by generations." For more information, visit: www.westongolfclub.com 81 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e The Weston Golf Club

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