Luling golf club will sell pool

Has already leased portion of golf club to church

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Willowdale pool and the nearby pool house are on the market for $228,300.
Willowdale pool and the nearby pool house are on the market for $228,300.
Three years ago the Willowdale swimming pool was abandoned when the country club that owned it declared bankruptcy. Now, the new owners of the property are selling the popular summer spot.

Willowdale Country Club declared bankruptcy in 2011 and was purchased by a group of investors who renamed it Grand Ridge Golf Club and turned their focus to the area’s greens.

Barbara Fuselier, Grand Ridge Golf Club president, said the new ownership has met their goal by engaging in some intense drainage projects requiring the replacement of culverts as well as tree trimming and general maintenance of the golf course.

“The golf course is in really good shape, some of our golfers said it is in the best shape it has ever been in,” she said. “We are really making an effort to make this property as attractive to golfers and the neighborhood as we can.”

Now the board is moving on to beautifying the entire property and part of that is preparing to get the pool area up and running again, something the board members feel would best be handled by a third party.

Two weeks ago they put the pool area of the club, along with the pool house and a small piece of land, on the market for $228,300.

Allowing a third party to operate the pool at the golf club would not be unprecedented. An unused part of the Grand Ridge clubhouse is currently leased to the Lord’s House Community Church.

Fuselier said she envisions a similar relationship with whoever purchases the pool property.

“We are good neighbors with the church. They have been good for us and we have been good for them,” she said. “I’d just like to see the pool property revitalized, whether it is back into a pool area or some other function.”

Bill Covert, director of sales and marketing for Grand Ridge Golf Club, said the club doesn’t have the ability to maintain the pool.

“We need someone who really has the interest in taking care of it,” he said.

A few years ago the club was in talks with a potential lessor for the pool, but it fell through.

“There were some people who were interested in it and they backed out because of those insurance issues,” Covert said. “We are not interested in being landlords and we just want to sell it.”

Covert said the decision to put the pool on the market was not an easy one for the board members.

“It was a very tough decision for us,” he said. “Willowdale Country Club had a swim team that was very prominent in the community. They had tournaments going on with Mimosa (Swim and Racquet Club) when we dissolved the pool. Whoever buys this thing will likely have a very good membership base.”

Last week several members from the golf club board got together and cleaned out the pool area to prepare it for potential buyers, which has already piqued the curiosity of those living in the community.

“I think people in the neighborhood are excited to see something is happening in the property and are saying it is looking great. We will be happy to see someone who is interested,” Fuselier said.

Ultimately, Fuselier said she and the board realize that having a functioning pool on the golf club’s grounds would be good for the community as a whole.

“We would love to have the pool open to make our neighborhood thrive more,” Fuselier said.

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