In April, a judge upheld an order that a group of members of the East Lansing, Mich., club had the right to make an offer on the property this month before it is sold to a developer. Members have been volunteering to maintain the property, which is scheduled to host 200 events this summer.
Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, Mich., is open, despite recent legal troubles, the Lansing-based WLNS-TV CBS 6 reported.
Walnut Hills is busy prepping for events, and getting the golf course in top shape for the summer season ahead. “We have 200 events this summer which include golf outings, weddings and personal family events,” Event Planner Judy Hankerd said.
Not only is Walnut Hills staying open, but even with the legal issues on the table, there is no plan to close the club anytime soon, WLNS-TV reported.
“Our goal in this is to try and keep it a golf course, it’s just been hard, the golf industry is changing,” owner Kip Miller said.
A separate writeup in the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal reported that the legal issue is between a developer that wants to buy the property and a group of club members, who argue that they have the right to make an offer on the property first. A judge’s order gives club members until early May to decide whether they want to purchase the property and an additional 45 days to conclude the purchase.
Miller said Fifth Third Bank, which held the mortgage, now wants to step away from the golf industry. But Walnut Hills has been in business since 1921, and the members are not giving up on the course without a fight, WLNS-TV reported.
“We appreciate they’re loyal to us and they’re avid golfers, and they know it’s the best course with the best view in town,” Miller said.
Members have been volunteering to help clean up the course and some are even looking to buy the course and become the new owners all in an effort to keep it open, WLNS-TV reported.