The Board of Directors of the club that was founded in 1898 has been authorized to finalize purchase agreement negotations with Great Life Golf Kansas City LLC, which owns several golf and fitness facilities in the Kansas City area, including Staley Farms GC and Drumm Farms GC.
Members of the St. Joseph (Mo.) Country Club Foundation voted on November 16 to pursue selling the 117-year-old club, the St. Joseph News-Press reported. The club’s Board of Directors was authorized to finalize purchase agreement negotiations for the sale of the club, the News-Press reported, to Great Life Golf Kansas City LLC (GLKC), which owns several golf and fitness facilities in the Kansas City area, both private and and semi-private.
Other golf facilities in the Great Life portfolio include Staley Farms Golf Club in Kansas City and Drumm Farms Golf Club in Independence, Mo., the News-Press reported.
“While we are stable financially and have grown substantially over the last few years, the Board feels that the club can offer our members a brighter future and more amenities under the professional management, additional investment and economies of scale that GLKC offers us,” club President Tyler Morgan said.
If the two parties agree on a sale, GLKC plans to make a substantial investment in the club, the News-Press reported, that could include a state-of-the-art fitness facility in the clubhouse.
“We are excited that a tremendous golf facility with the tradition of the St. Joseph Country Club might become part of our family of elite clubs,” said Rick Farrant, co-owner of GLKC.
Farrant also owns Great Life Golf and Fitness, based in Topeka, Kan., Stjoechannel.com reported. Combined with GLKC, the two entities are the largest golf management organization in the Midwest, owning or operating more than 40 golf and fitness facilities, the website said.
“We have a proven formula combining golf and fitness along with other club amenities that provides a strong model for club growth,” Farrant said.
GLKC said it plans to keep key personnel at the club, Stjoechannel.com reported. “As a highly respected professional, we definitely want [PGA golf professional] Mike Habermehl to continue his excellent work at the club, and Greenskeeper Kip Beer has a tremendous track record of maintaining the course in exceptional condition,” said Farrant. “We not only want to see operations continue, but be improved. We also see St. Joseph Country Club as a big asset to the St. Joseph community, and want to assure it plays an even bigger role in that regard.”
St. Joseph CC was founded in 1898 and has hosted numerous Missouri Golf Association championships, including the 2015 Men’s Stroke Play championship, Stjoechannel.com reported.