Monday, March 8, 2010

Why did Meadowbrook sell Countryside Golf Course?

Memo to kill future lease of airport property for Countryside fairways.

With this question being asked ad nauseam including by city manager Chris Morrill on Sunday here is the memo for the 100th time. The underline on the memo was not done by me. The handwriting by Darlene Burcham reads “Beth, please prepare a letter to Jackie Schuck (Director of Roanoke Regional Airport) at airport re [reference] over desire to optain this property.” A string of memos followed informing Meadowbrook that the Airport Commission would not renew the 40 year lease of the airport property where many of the Countryside Golf Course fairways occupy. This piece of the puzzle keeps being ignored by council, media and city administration. I assume that the city administration is too embarrassed over what lengths they pursued to buy the property for $4.1 million.

For the 100th time Meadowbrook was told that the Airport Commission would NOT renew the lease for the fairways and therefore they would NOT have a golf course anymore. However, the city was easily able to not only lease the property from the airport to continue the golf course once purchased but were able to agree to swap portions of the land to widen the Runway Protection Zone that encompassed the fairways.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (2)

Don't Blaim Meadowbrook

March 10th, 2010 at 3:13 PM    


Meadowbrook Golf Group has been hit hard by economic times. It wasn’t that long ago the Operations VP Scott Beasley joined the company with a vision of transforming the company and taking it back to its glory days.

Unfortunately, the odds have been stacked against him since. In 2005 the company was listed as one of the top 5 management companies in the US. In 2006, the company slipped to 8th and by June of 2009 the company was struggling to hold onto 20th place, as reported by The Golf Inc. Magazine. In 2007, Mr. Beasley place a hand picked a manager for the prestigious of Coo Saw Creak that later backfired with the GM being fired for theft. This combined with a $62,000 loss in operating income lead the BOD to hire PCA to assist with the transition from Meadowbrook Golf in the first quarter of 2009.

Meadowbrook’s expected growth for 2010 is an ambitious 20% after appearing in Golf Course Industries Magazine as number 22 of the industries top 30. Unfortunately, on Feb 19th, as reported by the WSLS News Staff.

“Roanoke City and Meadowbrook Golf Inc. say they will stop the operation and management of Countryside Golf Course on March 1st with both parties citing the down economy for the move.”

These recent losses drop Meadowbrook’s standing to 26th and just 2 course closings away from a last place. Bottomline, MGGI needed Countryside GC as bad as the city needed someone to manage it. If things do not turn around soon for Meadowbrook, the only courses they will be managing are the ones they have ownership in.

Val

March 10th, 2010 at 3:50 PM    


Thank you for your comment and explanation.

Meadowbrook has gone above and beyond in patience and negotiation with the city.

Mr. Beasley has been a pleasure to talk with during the impasse.

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