DEDHAM — A nearly 100-year-old public golf course overlooking Phillips Lake is up for sale and without a buyer willing to run it, the property could become a private residence.
The nine-hole course, laid out by famous golf course designer Donald Ross in 1926, has previously been listed by Golf Digest as one of the best nine-hole courses in the country. Current owners David and Tina Gubler purchased the property, which is not affiliated with the Lucerne Inn, in 1998.
The couple have enjoyed running the course, routinely hosting fundraisers and other events, but the everyday operations have become a burden. David Gubler says this will be the last year they will open the course for the public.
“It’s just become too tough to run at our age,” said David, who recently had two separate eye surgeries. “We have previously had people managing the course for us, but it has become difficult to find people to work and we can’t do it on our own.”
The Gublers are eager to find a buyer, listing the course and the clubhouse (which was built in 1994) with NextHome Experience in mid-July for $1.5 million. So far, however, there has not been any interest.
“If it doesn’t sell, we’re just going to keep it for ourselves as a summer retreat,” David explained.
Lucerne, which also serves as the home course for the Ellsworth High School golf team, is open 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.