BOYLSTON, Mass., March 17, 2014 – Mount Pleasant Country Club today announced that it is changing its name to The Haven Country Club.
The name change is part of a multi-year program of renovation and refurbishment for the 260-member club. Originally founded as a member-owned organization, Mount Pleasant sought conversion to private ownership in 2011 and was purchased in 2012 by one of its members, Regan Remillard.
“Mount Pleasant Country Club is a special place,” says Remillard. “It has a distinguished history and it has the potential to become one of the premier country clubs in the greater Boston metropolitan area.” Remillard notes the natural beauty of the club’s setting and describes its 18-hole William Mitchell golf course as “a true gem — a championship-quality course that is fun for players of every skill level, and is as rewarding to play the 100th time as the first.”
The decision to seek a new name for the club emerged from what Remillard describes as a “listening phase” that began when he first considered the possibility of becoming the club’s owner. “It was essential to me that I know what the other members wanted,” says Remillard. “My team and I spent two years gathering information and weighing various possibilities. It was very important to us that we preserve what is best about this club while making improvements where they would be beneficial.”
Remillard also spoke with potential new members in and around the area to get their perceptions of the club. The name change grew out of a combination of what he heard from this group and from club members.
“Between Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton and Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Lowell, the club’s original name has been the source of a certain amount of confusion among guests and potential new members,” notes Remillard. “The new name addresses this, while also reflecting the quality in the club that our members prize the most — its nature as a true haven for recreation, relaxation and social activities.”
The club has been undergoing extensive renovations during the off-season, according to General Manager Brian Lynch. “We’ve been targeting the areas where members have indicated they’d like to see changes,” says Lynch, noting that the work ranges from the refurbishing of facilities in the clubhouse to a dramatic upgrade to the front grounds and entryways. “Also, by the start of the golf season, we will have completed the first phase of our planned golf course improvements, including renovations to bunkers and tees, as well as a brand new practice putting green,” says Lynch.
“I see this as a club whose star is rising,” says Remillard. “We’ve taken the traditional country club model and updated it a bit, to better fit the way people live today.” The Haven is family-friendly, notes Remillard, and is run by a professional management team that places strong emphasis on hospitality. “A club should be someplace where you can have fun and feel at home. That’s the vision here.”