Oakhurst CC Closes with Plans to Be Sold

An undisclosed buyer is under contract to purchase the 165-acre property that has been home to the Grove City, Ohio club since 1959. The club was bought by a group of members in 2009. The listing agent said he did not expect the new buyer to have the property developed for housing.

Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City, Ohio has abruptly closed after nearly six decades in business, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported, becoming the latest of several central Ohio golf courses to find another use.

The 165-acre property, which was listed for $985,000 two weeks ago, is in contract to be sold to an undisclosed buyer, the listing agent, Shawn Parker of Parker Realty Associates, told The Dispatch.

The golf course notified members that it was closing Sunday, Parker said. A message sent to members said the club was closing “due to economic conditions,” The Dispatch reported.

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The course, which opened in 1959, has been owned by a group of “a couple dozen” members of the country club, Parker said. The group bought the club as Oakhurst Players Club in early 2009 for $1 million, The Dispatch reported, according to the Franklin County (Ohio) auditor’s website.

Oakhurst CC has been overtaken in recent years by newer clubs in tonier locations, The Dispatch reported, but Parker said that wasn’t the case in its early years.

“Oakhurst in the ’60s was a very exclusive club,” Parker said. “Their membership has died off over the years, and they’re now competing with all these newer courses.”

Parker told The Dispatch that he couldn’t disclose the name or exact plans of the party in contract to buy the property, but said he doesn’t expect it to be developed for housing.

“I think it’s going to be a positive for the neighborhood,” Parker said of the pending purchase. He added that he expects the buyer will maintain the “rural, scenic nature” of the site.

A mid-December closing for the purchase is anticipated, Parker told The Dispatch, following the buyer completing due diligence.

Oakhurst is the latest of a string of central Ohio golf courses to close over the past few years, mostly for housing development, The Dispatch reported. Others included Minerva Park Golf Club; Winding Hollow in New Albany, Ohio; Shamrock Golf Club in Powell, Ohio; and the Riviera Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.