Oakhurst Country Club, a 59-year-old golf club set just west of Grove City, abruptly closed this week after nearly six decades in business. According to a message sent to club members, Oakhurst Country Club shut down on Sunday.
The closure includes the bar and grill which will also permanently. Oakhurst in the 60’s was a very exclusive club for the West Side. However, their membership has died off over the years, as they’re now competing with modern courses.
“Effective on the 4th of November 2018. Due to economic conditions, Oakhurst Country Club cannot continue to operate,” the club said in a message to its members.
“Your loyalty as a member has been much appreciated. This has been a difficult year and the decision has been incredibly tough. ... Additional information will be forwarded as it becomes available.”
The golf shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 10th for members to pick up personal items.
A message seeking further comment was left with officials at the golf course.
Shawn Parker, founder, and broker with Parker Realty Associates is the listing agent for the 165-acre course. It's already had several offers and interest, with some of those prospective buyers considering continuing golf operations and others considering some kind of change in use, such as a corporate retreat.
The land is under contract, but Parker wouldn't disclose the buyer's name. The property had an asking price of $985,000.
“Back in the day, this was one of the nicest courses in the city and very exclusive," he said, noting the struggle for members and waning interest in golf.
"That's been a challenge for everyone."
Chuck Boso, city manager for Grove City, said officials kept tabs on the course and its difficulties, but any redevelopment would likely involve annexation of the land into the city of Columbus for utility purposes. He said Grove City could have some input in future plans.
Oakhurst, founded in 1959 and designed by Jack Kidwell, saw about 15,000 rounds played in 2012, the most recent year it provided that information to Columbus Business First.
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