Florida city pays $5 million to keep course open
The city of Oviedo, Fla., has agreed to pay $5 million for Twin Rivers Golf Club to ensure that the struggling 310-acre property remains open.
Twin Rivers features an 18-hole, Joe Lee-designed course and was among a handful of Orlando-area venues owned by The Golf Group. Two years ago, The Golf Group, headed by Bob Dello Russo, closed Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club in nearby Apopka when it was in similar financial straits. The city will seek a private management firm to operate Twin Rivers.
Course sold to parks agency for estimated $2 million
An auctioneer who purchased the Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, in 2014 for $1.6 million has sold the property, which will be converted to parkland.
The nonprofit Trust for Public Land purchased the 36-hole, Arthur Hills-designed course from Myron Bowling, who earlier had acquired the money-losing property from the city. The trust then reportedly flipped the property to MetroParks of Butler County, which will maintain the land as open space.
MetroParks reportedly paid an unconfirmed $2 million for the property. The course closed in November.
La Purisima owners add second property
The owners of La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif., have acquired a second property in the community. Chris Bellamy and Sean Hecht are the new owners of Village Country Club, an 18-hole, Ted Robinson-designed track that opened in 1961. No sale price was disclosed.
The club, which had been owned by its members, will be rebranded as Mission Club, a nod to the nearby La Purisima Mission, one of the California Missions built by Franciscan priests in the late 1700s. Mission Club will be open to the public.