Club officials confirmed at the start of the year that the sale was being pursued and said at the time that they expected to have a proposal for members to vote on within six months. But neither party is now providing updates, other than to say that discussions are ongoing.
A deal to sell the Clarkston (Wash.) Golf & Country Club to the Nez Perce Tribe could still be in the works, The Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune reported.
Clarkston G&CC officials confirmed in January they were pursuing the sale, and they expected to have a proposal to their members for a simple-majority vote in about six months, The Tribune reported.
But where the two parties are now in their negotiations is not clear.
“The discussions between the Nez Perce Tribe and Clarkston Golf and Country Club are ongoing and subject to [a] nondisclosure agreement,” tribe spokeswoman Kayeloni Scott told The Tribune.
Club President Curt Johnson, who has served as Clarkston G&CC’s spokesman, declined to answer questions, The Tribune reported.
The 18-hole golf course and clubhouse remain under ownership by the club, according to documents from the Asotin County (Wash.) Assessor’s Office, The Tribune reported.
The potential deal with the tribe surfaced earlier this year as a way for the club to solve its financial problems. As of January, the organization was $500,000 to $600,000 in debt, The Tribune reported.
The club’s market value in 2017 was $1.31 million, The Tribune reported, including $500,000 for the land and $810,000 for improvements, according to the assessor’s office.
Previous efforts by the club to find more solid financial footing have failed, The Tribune reported. In January, it had about 160 members, roughly half the number it did 25 years ago.
In the past 10 years, members have donated more than $150,000 to special projects to help keep the club going, The Tribune reported.
Club leadership has also tried recruiting more members and increasing fees, and even sought contributions through the online crowdsourcing site GoFundMe.
The club has been a part of Asotin County for decades, The Tribune reported. It was founded in the 1930s and moved to its present location in the mid-1970s after slack water came to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. The course has a water right for irrigation granted by the Army Corps of Engineers.
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