Westwood shareholders to decide on new owners

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM EDT

By James Fink, Business First

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Westwood shareholders to decide on new owners

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM EDT


As expected, the shareholders of the financially-ailing Westwood Country Club will be voting on Dec. 6 on whether to accept a purchase offer for the private club.

The offer, from Windows on the Green LLC, is for $2.4 million and, if approved, will shift the control of the club from its members and into private hands. Windows on the Green is a partnership between Jon Cohen, owner of Jonny C's Catering, and Amherst businessman Todd Sugarman. A third Windows on the Green partner, developer John Yurtchuk, withdrew from the partnership last week.

Windows on the Green has promised to keep the club operating as is as it hopes to increase membership by offering a number of perks including stabilizing greens and locker room fees. The Westwood has approximately 250 members, down from more than 350 members from less than a decade ago.

A competing offer from developer Paul Snyder, who offered $3.5 million, was rejected earlier this fall. Also rejected was a potential bid from Amherst Golf Partners.

To make the sale to Windows on the Green official, two-thirds of the Westwood's shareholders - or, two-thirds who opt to vote - must approve the deal. The Westwood has 88 shareholders.

"We're moving forward," said Barry Singer, Westwood president.

Windows on the Green has been running the food, beverage and concessions operations at the Westwood since 2009.

The Westwood, located on a 160-acre parcel at the corner of Sheridan Drive and N. Forest Road in Amherst, is centered around a par 72, 18-hole golf course. The club has been in existence since 1945.

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