The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 16

COMINGS
& GOINGS

Maybe Life Ain't So Great

L

eading the list of closed courses is a Great Life facility in
Kansas, Liberty Hills. It's the second Great Life facility
to close, according to the Internet Golf Course Database
(IGDB). The first was Cedarbrook in Iola, KS. There are still
plenty left for members to drive to and enjoy, but are others on
Life support? We'll watch and see.
Have you ever played golf at Wailea on Maui? Well, there is
less of it now that they've permanently closed the Blue course.
Aloha, a hui hou.
Oak Ridge Golf Course, a 9-holer in Gill MA, transacted
after the owner filed bankruptcy over a $600K bank debt. But
not before collecting member fees and then fleeing the state
- the old fleece and flee scam. New owners paid $275K plus a
delinquent $8500 tax bill. Best of luck to them.
Warrior Golf, the maker of those Tour-preferred mail order
wedges (snark), lost two battles. Sold through bankruptcy are
Lakota Canyon in Colorado ($1.5M), and Broadmoor Links
in North Carolina ($2.75M).
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athlet-

ics was gifted a golf course - Stone Creek Golf Course. The gift
by the Atkins family is valued over $15M. With cannabis legal
in the state, do you think the kids might come up with another
name and use for the course?
Osage CC in Missouri, owned by a bank, sold to State
Technical College of Missouri. Commercial Turf and
Grounds students will have hands-on education opportunities, and maybe Osage produces a new crop of educated
superintendents.
But it's not all good news for golf and institutes of higher
education. What's sadder - a college or university cutting a
varsity golf program; or closing the institution's golf course?
Dartmouth College has done both, axing both men's and women's golf and closing Hanover CC in New Hampshire. Too bad
for the kids, too bad for the members, too bad for golf.
And finally, the very popular Elkins Ranch GC in Fillmore
CA was sold. New owners plan to convert the 300 acres into
an avocado orchard. GolfNow loses three tee times a day. Ain't
that the pits?

Golf's landscape changes
Event

Open/Re-open

Closed

Course

DMA

Type/Holes

Summary

Cougar
Canyon GC

Eugene OR

Pub/18

Hollow Creek
GC

Augusta GA

Priv/18

Closed Oct. 2019, new lessee takes over July 1.
City will pay power bills for three years and put
new roof on clubhouse. Course will dispose of
effluent water.
A new 18-hole course added to the Reserve Club
at Woodside

Brick Landing
Plantation

Wilmington NC

Pub/18

New ownership group on a lease-to-buy deal with
owners who purchased it Jan. 2020, marking
shortest ownership on record.

Elkins Ranch
GC

Los Angeles CA

Pub/18

Closing Sept. 7, converting to an avocado orchard.
Isn't that the pits?

Wailea Blue

Honolulu HI

Pub/18

Closing indefinitely due to COVID

Ives Hill CC

Watertown NY

Pub/18

Dispute with the city and another golf facility.

Eastland
Green South

Nashville TN

Pub/9

To be repurposed for a 57 acre park.

Liberty Hills
GC

Kansas City MO

Priv/18

Give me Liberty, or...maybe not. Great Life closes
one of its clubs. Others to follow?

Waitsboro
Hills GC

Lexington KY

Pub/18

Previously known as Slate Branch GC. Guess
rebranding didn't help.

Hanover CC

Burlington VTPlattsburgh NY

Priv/18

Dartmouth College's course, first closed for
COVID, now closed permanently along with the
men's and women's varsity golf programs.

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TOC
Dangerous Beauty: Is Harder Better?
Another perspective on “charity begins at home”
How is/will COVID impact supply/demand (im)balance?
Neutral national June results, regional “mileage” varies
May Utilization posts nice gain but rounds “rebound” underwhelms
Chicago has a strong golfer base, just needs more motivation/activation
26 Activities; Transacts handily beat Closeds 15-7!
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Dangerous Beauty: Is Harder Better?
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 3
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Another perspective on “charity begins at home”
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - How is/will COVID impact supply/demand (im)balance?
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Neutral national June results, regional “mileage” varies
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - May Utilization posts nice gain but rounds “rebound” underwhelms
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Chicago has a strong golfer base, just needs more motivation/activation
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