After a board of selectmen approved the business-license transfer to four local business owners, the Dracut, Mass., club will now be known as Four Oaks Country Club. The new owners will re-open the front nine holes in October, but keep the clubhouse closed for renovations, and pursue a liquor license.
A unanimous vote by the Dracut, Mass. Board of Selectmen approved the business-license transfer of the former Meadow Creek Golf Club to four residents, the Dracut Valley Dispatch reported.
The club, which is newly renamed Four Oaks Country Club, will now be owned by Mike and Cindy Kuenzler, and Peter and Tina Niarhos. The foursome will not disclose the purchase price until after the sale closes with Bank of New England, which Mike Kuenzler said should happen within a month, the Dispatch reported.
Kuenzler told the Board that after the license transfer’s approval, the front nine holes of the course will be reopened to golfers by sometime next week, the Dispatch reported.
“How happy I am these gentlemen and ladies are doing this; they’re going to be a great team,” said Selectman John Zimini. “I’m excited that you’re the ones stepping forward and taking this on, and as far as I’m concerned we can’t go wrong with these guys and gals.”
In the meantime, the clubhouse will remain closed for renovations and the group is pursuing a liquor license, the Dispatch reported.
“We will not open the clubhouse right away. We’ve got some renovations that we feel are critical to our game plan that we want to get done, and we don’t have a liquor license yet,” said Kuenzler. “So we may be offering some soft drinks and hot dogs out there. But we do want to get the barriers removed and let the people of Dracut know of the commitment we’re willing to make to this business.”
Concrete barriers that were set up in January to keep the course’s former owners from using the parking lot and clubhouse after they fell behind on payments will now be removed, the Dispatch reported.
“The residents in the area have got to be absolutely thrilled that those Jersey barriers are coming down,” said Selectman Robert Cox. “This is the best news I’ve heard in God knows how long.
“If anybody can make this work, it’s going to be Mike Kuenzler,” Cox added.
Paid memberships held by former Meadow Creek Golf Club members will be honored through the end of 2012, the Dispatch reported.
“It was previously known for being a pristine golf course, and our intention is to get it back to that,” said Kuenzler. “We’re four local people, and we’ve all been in business together and know the challenges up there, and that we’re going to need the selectmen and community to partner up with us to work together on this, because golf courses are a tough deal right now.”
Kuenzler, who owns All-Sports Promotions and was an investor in Meadow Creek, and Niarhos, who is a dentist, revealed their interest in buying the property in August and have received encouragement from golfers and residents, the Dispatch reported.
“We need the function [hall bookings], we need all of that stuff. So we’re going to make the commitment. We’re hoping everyone is going to get behind it,” Kuenzler added.