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The St. Joseph, Mo. property, which is transitioning from management by GreatLIFE KC to the local Shriners Association that owns it, hopes to reopen its golf course by the spring of 2021. GreatLIFE KC is also selling the St. Joseph Country Club to a local real estate executive who sees both properties as important community assets and wants to maintain a relationship between them, including letting Moila members use the St. Joseph course for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The golf course at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo. will be closed for the rest of 2020, the St. Joseph News-Press reported, but officials with the local Shriners Association, which owns the club and has taken over its management from GreatLIFE KC, said they were working to get it back open by next season.
Moila CC officials met on September 9th to discuss the future of the club and golf course, the News-Press reported, after a letter was sent to members by Brett Klausman, President of GreatLIFE KC, stating that his company would transition out of its management arrangement with the club.
Moila is one of the earliest Shriner chapters, founded in 1887, the News-Press reported. The chapter and club have been at their current location since 1920.
Klausman’s letter announced that the course would be closed starting on September 9th, with golf carts no longer available and tee times not being regulated, the News-Press reported. The pro shop and fitness center’s last day of operation was September 6, and the transition was scheduled to be completed on September 15th.
Klausman’s letter stated that annual golf members would be mailed a refund check and that monthly paying golf members would not be charged September membership dues and would be released from agreements for the remaining months.
The hope is now to make improvements to the golf course and get it reopened by the spring of 2021, Dan Baker of the Shriners told the News-Press. The remainder of the Moila facility is continuing to stay open for members, Baker said.
The club stated that its staff would be reaching out to fitness members to arrange cancellations or transition membership to the St. Joseph Country Club, which was purchased by GreatLIFE in 2015, with the company announcing plans to invest in improvements and rebrand the property (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/st-joseph-mo-cc-to-reopen-under-new-name-ownership/).
Steve Craig, CEO of the Craig Realty Group, has been working on a contract to buy St. Joseph CC, the News-Press reported, with plans to take ownership on October 1st, the News-Press reported. Craig, who attended the September 9th meeting at Moila CC, said he wants to work on a plan to let Moila golfers come to St. Joseph CC for the remainder of the 2020 season.
“I recognized early on that if GreatLIFE was gone and they were part of what was keeping it there, then they were probably going to need some help,” Craig told the News-Press.
The St. Joseph and Moila clubs are important amenities to the community and losing them would be tragic, Craig told the News-Press, and he plans to work to keep them both around for a long time. “I spent a lot of my childhood playing golf and tennis [at the clubs],” Craig said. “The number-one thing I want to express to people is that I want to make [them] better.”
The Shriners are working on ways to improve the overall experience for Moila members throughout the club, Craig said.
“For the last two days we worked on budgets to be able to operate the facility itself without the golf course and keep the doors open, so Moila Shriners can keep operating and doing what they do best, which is helping children,” he said.
Craig believes Moira CC can do a much better job on its golf course, as well as with foodservice and giving members the best possible experience, the News-Press reported. “Even though the [Moila] course is a great course, I think everyone would agree that there’s opportunities for improvement,” he said.