HISTORY OF WAUBEEKA GOLF LINKS
Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown, Massachusetts, was built in 1966 by architect Colonel Roland Armacost. Armacost purchased farmland owned by Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Rhodes and an adjoining parcel owned by Edward Wylde. Waubeeka is the youngest 18-hole golf course in Berkshire County and celebrated its 50th, GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY in 2016.
Waubeeka has had four owners since 1966, as supermarket magnate Ed Stawarz purchased the course from Colonel Armacost's estate. Stawarz owned it for nearly twenty years and improved the course significantly, adding a pond on the 9th fairway and installing a state-of-the-art irrigation system to the entire course.
The estate of Mr. Stawarz sold the course to James Goff, the son of former Taconic Golf Club Professional, Rudy Goff. Jim Goff, an avid golfer like his dad, graduated from Yale and was captain of the Yale golf team. Goff lived in Colorado during his ownership and had aspirations to make Waubeeka one of the Top 10 Public Golf Courses in the State of Massachusetts. To that end, he hired the northeast's premier architectural firm headed by Mark Mungeam, to improve the course. Significant changes were made especially to the back nine. Goff invested nearly two million dollars to promote that vision.
Michael Deep, an insurance agent and owner of area real estate, fulfilled his long-time dream to enter the golf business when he purchased the 200 acres from Mr. and Mrs. Goff in 2014. Deep learned from his parents the proper way to meet, greet and treat people, and credits his family in his attempt to make Waubeeka Golf Links a recreational destination. Mike works with his sister, Ellen and her husband Craig, their children, Bryan Millard and Carrie Kondel and their children, Kamilia, Kale, Lilly and Jake.
Vicki Richardello, a lifelong friend, is the General Manager, and she has been extensively engaged in promotion and tournament play at the course. Together with Mike, her vision is for Waubeeka to continue to be a top-ranked golf course. They are hoping to add an inn and other amenities that would further enhance the beauty and quality of the golf course.
A public course, Waubeeka also offers a variety of memberships. It hosts many tournaments and charitable events and also offers clinics, private lessons and junior camps throughout the year.
Waubeeka is highly rated by Golf Digest with 4 out of 5 stars, along with numerous accolades from New England magazines and player satisfaction!