Group plans to sell off club house, swimming pool
Stockholders of Willowdale Country Club voted Tuesday night to sell the club’s assets to an investor group made up mainly of people who live in the vicinity of the club.
The vote came after Louis Authement, attorney for the stockholders, explained the details of the transfer in a meeting at the former clubhouse. The stockholders had appointed a committee to try and arrange liquidation of the club at a meeting Dec. 9. The club had financial problems before it closed on Dec. 1.
Current plans are for the investor group to operate the golf course and try to sell other assets, including the club house, swimming pool and tennis courts. The club house could become the location of gymnastic facilities, a restaurant, bar and social meeting rooms. The maintenance building behind the clubhouse would be retained by the club and fixed up as a pro shop and grill room.
Construction of the club was conceived in the early 1970s when some area residents were hunting in the swamps one and a half miles south of Highway 90 in Luling. They thought at the time that the oak and cypress terrain would make a beautiful golf course and subdivision which later became Willowdale Subdivision. Since then, several other subdivisions have grown up around it.
The club operated as a country club with swimming, tennis, golf and social activities. Though it never offered a full service restaurant, it did have dinners on Friday nights and special occasions. Parties galore were held in the early 1980s, including several local Mardi Gras balls.