Golf History in Boston: The Story Behind Our Rich Legacy


The International Golf Club in beautiful Bolton, Massachusetts is a legendary and historic private golf club. The International has a long history that made the club what it is today. 

The International Golf Club, home to the renowned Pines Course and Oaks Course, boasts a heritage dating back to 1899. Our story begins when we were originally founded as the Runaway Brook Country Club. It was in this early era that golf enthusiasts from Boston and the surrounding areas first began to experience the allure of our club.

In 1953, a pivotal moment in our history unfolded as the club came under the ownership of Albert Surprenant. Mr. Surprenant, a successful businessman with a profound love for golf, embarked on a journey to enhance our facilities. Under his visionary leadership, renowned course architect Geoffrey Cornish was enlisted to redesign the Runaway Brook course, resulting in the birth of the iconic Pines Course, which officially opened its greens in 1955.

The year 1961 marked another significant chapter for The International Golf Club when it was acquired by International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT). With ITT's involvement, the Club saw substantial improvements, including the construction of a new clubhouse and the creation of the Oaks Course, meticulously designed by Tom Fazio.

In 2021, The International was acquired by Escalante Golf, a boutique owner and operator of golf clubs and resorts nationwide. Escalante saw limitless potential in The International and takes pride in improving the private golf Club for our Members. Escalante Golf has been in the process of redesigning and restoring both The Pines Course and The Oaks Course. This project will bring the two Massachusetts golf courses back to its championship form.

The International Today

Today, The International Golf Club remains a cherished part of Boston's golf history. We continue to attract golfers from around the globe who seek not only an exceptional golfing experience but also a connection to the rich legacy that surrounds us.

In 2022, we had the honor of hosting the LIV Golf Invitational Boston during the the inaugural season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series. This tournament garnered so much excitement and allowed us to host some of the biggest names in golf. Players like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and Patrick Reed all competed at The Oaks Course.

As we look ahead, The International Golf Club remains steadfast in our commitment to providing members with a world-class private golf experience. We are equally dedicated to preserving our natural surroundings through sustainable practices.

Our club is not just a golf destination; it's a treasure within the Boston area and an integral part of the global golfing community. We invite you to be a part of our history, our present, and our bright future at The International Golf Club.