Jimmy and Paula Gurkin have Willow Springs Country Club in Wilson, N.C. on the market for almost $4 million. Potential suitors for the property include homebuilders and developers, while others have explored the land for commercial and industrial purposes. The land could still remain a golf course, but with a different owner, according to the broker.
Willow Springs Country Club in Wilson, N.C. is on the market for almost $4 million, according to John Powell, president of Raleigh-based Phoenix Commercial Properties, the broker for the property.
Club + Resort Business reported in June that nearby Wilson Country Club was acquired by McConnell Golf. The Wilson Country Club was founded in 1915 on the site of Willow Springs Country Club. Wilson Country Club became so popular that it moved to its current location in 1973 so it could accommodate a larger membership base.
Jimmy and Paula Gurkin bought the Willow Springs property for $600,000 in 1989, according to Wilson County property records, and they have owned and operated it since as a semi-private club, the Business Journal reported. Famed golf course architect Ellis Maples designed the project, which was “inspired” by a Donald Ross course. The par-71 course plays more than 6,600 yards.
Powell told the Business Journal that potential suitors for the property include homebuilders and developers interested in creating a mixed-residential neighborhood, with single-family housing and a separate higher density option. But others have explored the land for commercial and industrial purposes. And the land could still remain a golf course but with a different owner, per Powell.
“We’ve had quite a few conversations with a bunch of different potential buyers,” Powell said. “This is a tremendous opportunity.”
The golf course is still operating, per Powell, and will continue to do so until a buyer who wants to use the land differently closes on the deal for the land, the Business Journal reported. That process could take years, as a buyer would need to receive rezoning and site plan approval before any project could move forward.