After the Florida club abruptly closed its golf course, driving range and tennis courts, leaving the community’s homeowners association to propose that the county buy the property, the commission didn’t feel the club could be owned without spending $15,000 on a feasibility study, which was deemed not worth the cost.
Clay County commissioners decided March 12 not to purchase the Orange Park Country Club two weeks after it abruptly closed some of its amenities, WJXT News4Jax reported. C&RB shared the news at the time.
During a meeting between commissioners, homeowners and the homeowners association president, the commission decided not to take on the country club because it didn’t feel the development was feasible for the county to own, according to the News4Jax report.
John McCormack, President of the Orange Park homeowners association, proposed that the county buy the golf course, News4Jax reported. County commissioners said they would need $15,000 to conduct a feasible study of the country club, which first opened in 1990.
Ultimately, the commission decided it wasn’t worth the cost, News4Jax reported. All but one commissioner felt the county government should not get involved.
According to McCormack, former owner James Price had a hard time making ends meet and decided to walk away, News4Jax reported. Price still retains hope that someone or something will come through to save the development, according to the station.
“I think it’s up to the lenders to figure out what they want to do,” McCormack said. “Hopefully there’s a buyer out there that will present themselves in the private sector and somebody will want to come in and want to run a golf course.”
More than 600 residents live in the country club community, News4Jax reported, and many are worried about the future of the gated neighborhood.