The owners of the public, 40-year-old San Antonio, Texas club are looking to revive business by welcoming input through public forums and starting a membership drive. Stiff competition, drought issues and economic woes have caused a 30 percent drop in business over the past few years.
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the owners of Woodlake Golf Club are hoping to keep the public San Antonio, Texas property open through a membership drive, News 4 WOAI reported.
Meetings with the public for feedback on what steps to take next will be held at the facility’s clubhouse.
“I’ve got a plan based on a membership drive that can keep us operating the golf course,” said Woodlake’s co-owner, John Clay. Clay believes that if he sells that idea to the community or a potential buyer, the bankruptcy court will keep the club open.
The club is hoping to avoid following in the footsteps of nearby Pecan Valley Golf Course, which shut down after years of not turning a profit and without the public’s input into its problems, News 4 WOAI reported.
Steep competition through an excess of courses in the area, as well as economic and drought issues, have contributed to business dropping more than 30 percent over the past few years, Clay said.
Woodlake Golf Club was built in 1972 and designed by Desmond Muirhead. “Back in the seventies and eighties, this golf course was really thriving,” Clay said. “This course and Pecan Valley were the two games in town.”
For regular Jim Emmons, however, it’s difficult to imagine the community without Woodlake, News 4 WOAI reported.
“I think my pickup would probably find its way out here, even if I had my eyes closed,” Emmons said.