Jim Basiliere is no stranger to designing golf courses.
The owner of the North Adams Country Club and East Coast Shaping has designed golf courses up and down the east coast and across the country. Now, he is giving his own course a facelift.
The North Adams Country Club is expected to be closed until at least the fall of 2014. When it reopens, the course will be a full 18 holes, feature a brand new club house and larger banquet facility.
The club was opened in 1903. Basiliere, who purchased the club two years ago, believes without a full renovation the course would fail.
"I want to turn it from a nine-hole course to an 18-hole course, with a new club house and banquette facility," he said. "There have been no or little renovations to this place, probably ever. Without a full renovation, it would be hard to compete with the other courses in the area."
His main goal is not to compete for local memberships, however. His hope is to bring back the main membership while opening the doors to people from all over New England.
"I'd rather draw people from out of the area," he said. "I want to try and draw the core people back, but we would like to draw from out of the area.
"We are hoping to put a larger banquet facility in and really make this a destination area for people from all over [New England]. I think it will be really good for the town and the surrounding towns if we could help draw people in."
The design will take advantage of the course's location. Basiliere, who was raised in Dalton, wants to showcase the natural views the course posses.
He has designed destination golf courses before. One of his projects, Jack Frost National Golf Course, was voted one of the Top 20 New Courses by Golf Magazine in 2009. It was also named a top 10 course in the state of Pennsylvania by Golfweek.
The course will feature a whole new layout when it does reopen. Only two of the original nine holes will be in the same area. Basiliere is planning to purchase additional land to add to the length and layout of the course. He believes he currently owns enough land, but would like to add a little bit more to help the layout.
"This golf course is going to be much different than anything that you've seen in the area," Basiliere said. "I've worked with a lot of different architects and I'm trying to take the things I've learned from those projects and apply them here.
"This is a little different, because it's mine. I get to do some things that I have always wanted to do. I want to really make this standout and really be my own project."
A major factor in the plans for the course will be the environment.
Basiliere will follow guidelines from the National Audubon Society while designing the course. The design will follow the society's recommendations in hopes of achieving Audubon certification when it is opened.
"We're going to go as green as possible," he said. "We'll have all electric carts, all electric maintenance vehicles. Everything will be electric when we open back up. We're going to try and be as environmentally friendly as possible."
While he understands two years is a long time to be closed for a golf course, he believes it will be well worth the wait when the course reopens.
"The club house, really the whole course, it really needed a lot of work," he said. "It wouldn't have been fair to the members to try and do the work while they were trying to play and use the facility."