David Southworth parts ways with Southworth Development after 30 years

The 62-year-old golf tycoon has been CEO and President of his namesake company for 30 years, developing over $2 billion in golf and hospitality projects.

David Southworth’s new year is looking bright as he sets off on his own. 

In an email Nov. 13, Southworth and his long-time business partner, Joe Dietch, announced that Southworth will leave Southworth Development in January. 

“It is with extreme mixed emotions that I write today to announce that I have sold my interest in Southworth Development and all of its communities to my business partner, Joe Deitch,” Southworth wrote. 

“Rest assured, all is good,” Deitch added in his own email. “…we all have much to be excited about in the coming months and years.”

Southworth and Deitch have been business partners since 2006. Southworth Development, based in Newton, Mass., owns and operates private clubs and residential communities throughout the world including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Scotland and Puerto Rico. Some premiere clubs include Willowbend in Cape Cod (purchased from former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman), Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland, The Abaco Club in The Bahamas, Renaissance in north Boston and Creighton Farms in Virginia. 

“In many ways this has been an extraordinary year businesswise,” Southworth said. “I don’t just mean with sales being up, which they are, but just with how many industries and communities like ours had to reinvent themselves really quickly. Clubs went from, in some cases, being a luxury to a necessity. And it created, like many problems in life do, lots of opportunities.”

For Southworth, Willowbend will be one of his most memorable projects — where he spent 30 summers raising his sons.  

“I guess your first [project] always holds a special place in your heart. And I think there is a little bit of Willowbend in all of the communities,” he added.  

Though no definitive future plans at the moment, Southworth says he is taking the time to look around. 

“I’m excited right now as I’m out looking at other communities,” he said. “I’m not really sold one way or the other. I want to see what makes sense and find the right opportunity or two, and do it on my own.” 

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