In 1971, Antonio “Nemo” D’Agostino, whose business was building golf courses, fell in love with and purchased the 400 acres of scenic farmland that encompasses Vesper Hills today. The land had been owned over the years by the Stevens, Walburger, Ripley, and Maas families.
In 1979, the front 9 holes were built using plans designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish. A trailer served as a temporary club house. The clubhouse was built in 1989. By the time of Nemo’s death, the course and clubhouse had fallen into severe disrepair. Forty years of out-of-town ownership had taken its toll.
Mark and Suzanne Drumm purchased the course from the estate in October, 2012, to save it from being returned to farmland. They began the arduous process of transforming the clubhouse and the course. The building was gutted. Renovations included all new parking lots, well, driveway, windows, doors, siding, roof, interior layout, bathrooms, plumbing, heating, electrical, flooring, lighting, kitchen equipment, furniture, decks, and more. All of this is set in a rustic farm decor reflecting the course’s and our family’s agricultural background. In five short “arctic” months, Drumm Construction’s talented team of employees and subcontractors transformed the clubhouse from a building that probably should have been torn down into what you see today.
Several consultants & turf experts were called in to advise us on course improvements. Updates included new gravel cart paths, a rigorous fairway and greens maintenance program, and miles of drainage and irrigation system repair. Other investments included a new fleet of golf carts and maintenance equipment.
We appreciate the incredible support we have been given by the local dining and golf communities. We look forward to years of fun on the course, restaurant and sports bar!