“Top 5 ways to experience The International Golf Club & Resort”

Your hideaway is much closer than you think… only minutes away from interstate 495 and even closer to New England nature at its finest. The second you turn into the driveway at The International you know something special awaits. The large stone walls encompassed by beautiful flowers stand resolute, encouraging you to see what lies beyond. Go past the gates and take a good look around, you can’t help but notice the greenery, the stone, the wood, and your pathway guided by welcoming trees. Look left for the plush practice facilities, the picturesque Oaks Course, and the elegant Grand Ballroom that has seen plenty of smiles. Straight ahead your eyes get lost in the views of the beautiful, rolling greens of the Pines Course, the rustling trees, and the panoramic windows of The Fireplace Room Restaurant. Keep right and go to where the driveway ends, tucked away among the trees you now reached your home-away-from-home, The Lodge at The International.

To kick off our “International Experience” blog series I sat down with our Lodge General Manager, Eric Roiko. With his help I attempted to put into words the feeling of arriving at The International and the unique ways one can take-in a destination that brings you to another world. Eric continued to say, “There is something exceptional about the feel of a place that goes beyond the appearance, at The International you feel like you have come home.” Here is your opportunity to explore the endless experiences The International Golf Club & Resort has to offer… at least until you come here for yourself.

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1. Stay

The Lodge at The International gives guests exactly what they need to “feel worlds away close to home.” The fifty-four-room boutique lodge boast spacious accommodations with a focus on being clean, simple, and comfortable. Open the door to your guest room and you too will want to jump right into the cloud-like comforter. Best part, no matter where you look, there is nature to be found so unwinding is a guarantee. Take a walk to the Common Room for the perfect spot to meet friends and family alike. Pick your seat of choice and let the comfort sink-in. The Common Room Patio is the place to be to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or a refreshing evening drink. The chirping birds, slight breeze, and plenty of rays from the sun take center stage here and make you say “ahhh…”

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2. Play

For many, it could go without being said that The International is home to not one but two legendary golf courses, so I’ll say it anyway. Not that we are measuring or anything, but we happen to have the longest course in North America. The Pines, designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Robert Trent Jones Sr., played from the signature Tiger Tees totals 8325 yards! The Oaks course, designed by Tom Fazio, promises challenging, varied play yet offers plenty reward with expansive views and an amazing sight-line to nearby Wachusett Mountain. Most people come here for the golf and we don’t really blame them; the course seems to look greener and more welcoming each day. Though we are a private country club, we do offer unique opportunities for the public to play the world-class courses. Whether you are looking for an enjoyable weekend golf vacation or a fun day of play with an unmatched dining experience we have something for you!

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3. Dine

We wouldn’t be calling ourselves a destination if our dining experience was not up to par (Pun intended.) The Fireplace Room Restaurant is a destination in and of itself with breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, hand-crafted cocktails, and a menu featuring high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights will bring music to your ears and put a smile on your face! A fun afternoon or night out with friends for pizza, burgers, and chicken wings would fit great at one of our high-top tables, perfect for groups two to twelve. Looking for a more refined evening? Take a seat by the windows or out on the patio and the views will be the perfect side to your meal of fried calamari, the garden salad, the filet mignon and the dayboat fish special. The extensive wine list crossing continents from New Zealand, Italy, and California will pair perfectly with whatever your heart desires and make your night pop. A meal at The Fireplace Room is not complete without a decadent IGC made from vanilla ice cream rolled in cornflakes all enclosed in a homemade crunchy chocolate shell, topped with candied pecans, gooey caramel, clouds of fresh whipped cream, and a shortbread cookie. (I’m not hungry, you’re hungry!) Your world-class dining experience awaits, and we think you should make your reservation today - you’ll be happy you did.

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4. Meet

Human interaction is a powerful thing and we believe it is also one of the best ways to create lasting memories. Our terrific events team pride themselves on creating legendary experiences for your corporate meeting, motivating team building retreat, wonderful wedding, or a simple get together to celebrate with those you love. The International offers an extremely versatile property meaning you can let your imagination run free. Here you are not only allowed but encouraged to create your dream wedding ceremony peering over the lush, green golf course, or your memorable family reunion dinner on the green of your favorite hole on the course. Take the next meeting out of the office and you’ll quickly find our Conference Center refreshes the mind, focusses your team, and brings excitement to that very text-heavy PowerPoint presentation. A round of golf in between tech-specs and task lists sounds like a good idea too. If “impressed guests” is the name of your game, the on-site catering team aims to wow both the eyes and the stomachs with the plentiful choices of food displays like the cheese slate or the antipasto; action stations favorites like pasta or paella; and delectable dinners with the best BBQ picks or upscale steakhouse classics. Plan for a day’s long meeting or plan for a retreat that lasts a week. There is excitement, energy, and enticing eats to be found wherever you may want them. Meet and make some memories!

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5. Relax

No matter what brings you to The International, staying, playing, dining, or meeting, you can always discover your way to relax. We are passionate about creating a pleasing environment that connects people to nature, putting your mind at ease and relieving all your stress. At The International we are proud to be different and with that we can deliver unique experiences for all. Join us for a day of 9 or 18, a glass of wine or a plate with something fresh and green, a bed with fine linens or that extra cup of caffeine. (Wow that rhymed.) I think it is about time you let our team create the legendary experience that you never imagined was possible. All you need to do is let your imagination run wild then unwind and relax, The International Team will take care of the rest.

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