Ben duPont keeps it in the family with planned purchase of DuPont Country Club
Ben duPont and Don Wirth have signed a binding letter of intent to purchase the 500-acre DuPont Country Club in New Castle County.
DuPont USA first put the property up for sale in February 2017.
“We see this as a unique opportunity to protect the legacy of the DuPont Country Club and continue the 98-year history of this important Delaware tradition and community asset,” said duPont. “Our plan is to build on the traditions of the club by creating a state-of-the-art, affordable and family-focused club for the Greater Wilmington community.”
Wirth and duPont will make an initial investment of $18 million to upgrade the club with a pool, full-scale fitness facility, and new features added to the 18-hole golf course and 25 tennis courts.
Membership dues will likely remain at current levels, according to a release from DuPont.
“Ben and Don have deep roots in the community, and as longtime club members and avid golfers, they are the ideal owners to ensure it remains a centerpiece of the Wilmington community for generations to come,” read the press release. “The buyers are expected to extend employment offers to all current DuPont Country Club employees, and they are being communicated to directly today. We look forward to partnering with Ben and Don to ensure a seamless transition as we work towards closing the sale in the second quarter.”