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Fred Curtis, Jr. Owner & CEO

Shaker Hills Country Club An Interview with Matt Ward

Fred Curtis, Jr is 49 years old and is married with six children residing in Harvard Mass. In 2006 he sold Curtis Industries, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of golf course related equipment including Curtis cabs and range enclosures for golf cars and utility vehicles. In 2012, he purchased 250 acres of land in Harvard Mass including the foreclosed Shaker Hills golf club. The course closed in 2012 for major course wide renovations including the new signature 18th hole and the adjoining clubhouse. I was fortunate in my earlier career to be able to grow a small family business of a few employees into a much larger business of hundreds of employees and significant revenue. The eventual sale of that business and a desire to diversify with real estate — including a small business — Shaker Hills singlehandedly propelled me to enter the golf industry.

MATT WARD: What was the tipping point item that compelled you to purchase Shaker Hills a few years back? FRED CURTIS, JR. The tipping point in purchasing Shaker Hills was the clarity of significantly improving the product through the vision of the 18th hole and clubhouse redesign.

MW: What’s been the reaction from golfers since you took over?

FC: The reaction of golfers has been overwhelmingly positive to the 2012 renovations. Although I do not run the course day to day, my family and I reside on the course and are avid golfers. This allows me to constantly interface with golfers. And, whereas my commitment to course improvement is forever, I realize the importance of the golfers input as vital so I go after it.MW: Have any major changes been carried out on the golf course since assuming ownership?FC: The 18th hole went from a straight par 4 of 440 yards to a sweeping par-5 dog-leg of 565 yards playing back to the clubhouse. There’s been full clubhouse renovations highlighted by a 100-person top deck with dramatic views of holes 1,9,10 and 18 — a new driving range and 19th hole practice area, new putting green, 30 new bunkers and 10 new tees. We’ve also provided for 5 fairway extensions and significant irrigation upgrades. The vision of the 18th hole and clubhouse renovations fosters not only an incredible golf experience but directly creates a one of a kind environment for functions / events that needs

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