Plans to expand the old course began as early as 1927 when the club made more than 50 purchases of surrounding land until the end of the 20th century when The International’s property reached nearly 800 acres.
In 1954, the club was sold to the Suprenant Wire & Cable Corp. of Clinton.
New owner, Bert Suprenant, hired Geoffrey Cornish, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, as course architect.
Cornish, with input from Suprenant, hall-of-famer Francis Ouimet, and touring professional Paul Harney, created a masterpiece, The Pines, the world’s longest golf course, and one of the most difficult, largely because of the huge, steep greens and challenging bunkers. In 1972, the course was redesigned by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Suprenant sold his company and the golf course to ITT, the precursor to Starwood Hotels, in 1961. In 1967, ITT acquired another 57 acres, which included a seven-hole golf course called “Mountain View.” Two more holes were added to this adjacent facility and the name was officially changed to Mountain Springs Golf Course. This public club is known today as Twin Springs. A driving range was added in the fall of 2000.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts subsequently sold The International to Daniel and Florence Weadock in January of 1999. Brian Lynch, the club’s longstanding general manager was brought in as a limited partner.
Under their leadership, The International underwent major expansions, including the hiring of leading architect Tom Fazio to build a new, sloping 18-hole course carved out of primeval forest, The Oaks.
Daniel P. Weadock Sr., passed away suddenly in July 2005, but his legacy and spirit of camaraderie and friendship lives on. We miss him dearly.
That same month, Dan Jr. was asked by his family to take the reigns of The International, to work with both family and management and lead it successfully into the future.
Today, Dan works closely with his mother, Florence Weadock, who serves as sole general partner and majority owner of The International and all related entities.
The International has evolved significantly in the past 10 years. It’s now a world-class golf and special event destination, and we consider ourselves part of the hospitality and entertainment industries. Golf is a game, not a business.