The Bonura Hospitality Group and Falkirk Management purchased the eastern New York course and club, renaming it Westhills Country Club.

(Mar. 28, 2012)

Orange County Golf Club, Middleton, N.Y., is getting a makeover and a new name.

The Bonura Hospitality Group and Falkirk Management recently closed on the sale of the course and club, which will be renamed Westhills Country Club, and will remain private.

“We didn’t want something that has been here since 1899 to just go away,” says Mike Bonura, one of the course’s new owners, to Middleton’s Times Herald-Record. “We are happy to partner with [Falkirk] to get the course back up and running.”

The new owners began cleaning up the course a few weeks ago in anticipation of the sale. Currently, the course has nine playable holes. Another nine holes are slated to open in early June following the replanting of grass on five fairways, which had three inches of silt remaining from the flooding of the Wallkill River in a fall storm.

Pending approvals and permits, Bonura and Falkirk would like to add five new holes behind the ninth hole and transform the five holes that had the troubled fairways into a nine-hole, par-3 course.

While the new owners are working on the course upgrades and expansions, current Westhills members who want to play 18 holes can tee it up at Falkirk Golf Club in Central Valley, N.Y., which is owned by Falkirk Management.