Sunset Landing Golf Course in Huntsville, Ala., has closed its doors, making it the second golf course in the city to close within four months. In Solon, Ohio, Hawthorne Valley Golf Club will close after failing to meet a goal of increasing membership to 300 by January 31.
January 31 was the last day of business at Sunset Landing Golf Course, the second to golf course in Huntsville, Ala., to close in just four months, the Columbus, Ga.-based WTVM ABC 9 reported.
The Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority owns the property, and Tennessee Valley Golf Management was operating the course, ABC 9 reported.
“The golf business has really been struggling the last several years,” said Sunset Landing owner-operator Randy Emens. “We have seen a decline in the last four years, and it’s gotten to the point where we just can’t make it anymore.”
HMCA officials have yet to announce future plans for the Sunset Landing property, ABC 9 reported.
Sunset Landing is the second golf course to cease operations in recent months. Richland Golf Center closed in September after 14 years in business, ABC 9 reported.
The family-owned business blamed a hike in rent as the reason for its closure, ABC 9 reported.
Hawthorne Valley Golf Club in Solon, Ohio will not open this spring, co-owner Fred Rzepka confirmed February 1, the Cleveland Jewish News reported.
Rzpeka said in early January that the Hawthorne club would close unless its membership increased to 300 by January 31. That did not happen, the News reported.
Rzepka and his brother, Peter, bought the club in 2000 through their company, TransCon Builders. “We couldn’t do it, so it’s going to be closed,” Rzpeka said. Between 150 and 160 people signed up, which was “very nice of them, but the rest didn’t come through,” Rzepka said. “I have to do what I have to do. There will be no play at Hawthorne as of this year.”