The shift from private to public membership puts a snag in new owner’s plans to renovate the golf course and swimming pool, and eventually build a retirement community.
Technical details have delayed the reopening of the Coshocton (Ohio) Town and Country Club by 30 days, as the club shifts from a private institution to a public one, the Coshocton Tribune reported.
Chief Executive Officer of the club and President of Autumn Health Care Steve Hitchens said the nine-hole golf course will now open on June 1.
“We’ve been in there mowing and grooming the grounds and should be ready to open June 1,” Hitchens said.
Though Hitchens has declined revealing the cost of the 7,200-sq. ft. club when he purchased it earlier this year, the land and building are appraised at $989,270. Once the golf course is reopened, Hitchens plans to open a swimming pool within 30 days.
Memberships at Coshocton dropped from 230 to just over 100 in the past few years and it takes around 160 to 180 memberships to sustain the facility. In the past, the facility saved money by closing for three months during the winter.
Longer-term plans for the property include building a senior living retirement community on the 41 acres adjacent to the golf course, though Hitchens said details still need to be worked out for that development.
Hitchens said it has taken a while to sift through a survey, licenses and permits for the property to be reorganized as a public facility, which will be known as Autumn Greens.e-mail