Though the Palm Springs, Calif., golf course has gone into receivership, the club remains open and a new management company is planning a renovation in the coming months.
The 18-hole Mesquite Golf & Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., will remain open even though the course and its sister Ivy Palms Hotel have gone into receivership, the Palm Springs-based Desert Sun reported.
Packard Management Group of San Diego has been retained as the management company for the course for now. Tom Freeley, executive vice president of Packard Management, is now on site at Mesquite and in charge of what he said will be a renovation and a rebirth of the course in the coming months, the Desert Sun reported.
“I think this golf course has tremendous potential,” Freeley said.
While Freeley was limited in what he could say about the receivership, he did say the receivership gives the course and hotel to a lien holder against the previous owners, led by the Yoo family. All privileges for members at the course will be honored, the Desert Sun reported.
Freeley said the restaurant in the clubhouse closed for the summer on May 31, just about a week after the receivership began. But the course will remain open through approximately July 31. The plan is then to close the course to allow for maintenance and repair work on the course. Work could range from fixing broken sprinklers to efforts to revive some of the course’s lakes which have not been maintained, the Desert Sun reported.
“Our plan is to open on September 15 and try to work the overseeding around the golfers,” Freeley said.
The ownership issues at Mesquite do not involve the nearby homes or the homeowners association. Mesquite has faced increased competition for public golf players since the Bert Stamps-designed course opened in 1985. Since then, a second course has opened at the Palm Springs-owned Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs renovated its South Course, the formerly private North Course has gone public and nearby courses like Escena Golf Resort in Palm Springs and Cimarron Golf Resort in Cathedral City have opened, the Desert Sun reported.
Still, Freeley said for now his company and club General Manager Perky Newcomb are working on a brighter future for a golf course they fully expect to remain open once the receivership ends sometime around the end of the summer, the Desert Sun reported.
“Our immediate focus is to work to bring the golf course back to its top quality,” Freeley said.
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