Though details of the imminent sale remain unknown, the tribe plans to assess the Valley Center, Calif., club’s business plan before embarking on improvements or changing the staff. The club’s head golf professional said the transfer of ownership can only bring good things to the struggling course, which has been held under a lease for the past four months.
Big changes may come for the troubled Woods Valley Golf Club as final details of its imminent sale remain unknown, the Valley Center (Calif.) Valley Roadrunner reported.
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians is nearing a deal to purchase the Valley Center, Calif., club, according to Michael Contreras, director of the band’s economic development agency. When an agreement is reached, the new owners plan on assessing the club’s business plan before embarking on improvements to the property or changing the staff, the Roadrunner reported.
Details of the deal were not available at press time, but Contreras said he expects the deal to close imminently, something he believes will be a benefit to both the tribe and the community, the Roadrunner reported.
Woods Valley’s head golf professional Mike Mulford said the transfer of ownership can only bring good things to the course, which has been held under a lease for the past four months, the Roadrunner reported.
“I haven’t really talked to them,” Mulford said about San Pasqual’s economic development agency. “But I hope they will make the needed improvements to the course.”
New golf carts and a new clubhouse with a restaurant are all a priority, Mulford said. “The course is in good shape,” he said. “There’s really nothing else we need.”
The list of improvements they are considering for the course includes the new carts Mulford desires, Contreras said, adding that replacing the trailers that currently sit on the property with a permanent clubhouse will not be done for some time, the Roadrunner reported.
“We are going to restore it back to where it should be, getting the greens up and turning it back into a profitable golf course,” Contreras said. “Environmental-wise we have an environmental person within the tribe that is going to help us maintain that.”
The tribe frequently uses the golf course for casino operations, Contreras said, and there could be opportunities for others to utilize it more frequently as well, the Roadrunner reported.
“We just need to bring it back to where it should be,” Contreras said. “We need to update it for now and look at what could be built based on what the community would like to see.”
According to Contreras, how the course’s employees will be affected by the change in ownership has yet to be determined. They would have to study the present structure to determine what it currently costs to operate, the Roadrunner reported.
“If it doesn’t make sense to keep the employees that are there, then we have to look at that just like any business would do,” Contreras said. “We have to look at the overhead and make sure we can sustain what’s there today.”
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