The Philadelphia Cricket Club paid $600,000 for the St. Martin's golf course property in Chestnut Hill as part of a deal that protects the the land from future development, the Natural Lands Trust conservation group said in a statement on Tuesday.

The PCC closed on the nearly 41-acre property on Dec. 17, according to the Media-based Lands Trust, which is empowered to preserve the property for open-space recreational use under the sales agreement.

The property was sold to the PCC by the families of Quita Woodward Horan and George Woodward III, whose forbears had owned the land since the 1880s. The club had long leased the property for part of its nine-hole golf course.

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