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Dogwood Hills Golf Club in search of a Mulligan

Employees at Dogwood Hills Golf Club were informed last week that the course would be closing on August 15. The bad news came only five months after Paramount Golf Partners out of Tennessee took over operations at the golf course after reaching a leasing arrangement with Enterprise Bank.

Foreclosure procedures against the club in July of 2011 resulted in the club being acquired at public auction in September of that year. It then reopened as Dogwood Hills Golf Club, and underwent an intensive renovation process before being leased to Paramount in February of this year.

An email was sent to club members, assuring a pro-rated refund of annual dues. A notice was also posted within the club’s pro shop. It read, “To our loyal members and patrons, we regret to inform you that Dogwood Hills Golf Club will cease operation on Aug. 15, 2013. The management hopes you understand that we have tried to support our community by keeping the facility operating, however, due to the current circumstances, it is not feasible to continue. If you believe golf and this facility are important to your community, please let your elected officials know. If you purchased a membership, you will receive a pro-rated refund check in the mail, and thank all of you for your support!”

Dogwood Hills was designed by Donald Ross, and was built in 1929. It opened as the Walterboro Country Club.

Paramount Golf Partners spokesman Robert Wilson said Tuesday that, in the golf course management industry, this can be “the nature of the beast.” He noted hands can be forced, and added that, although he does not have all of the details concerning the closing, in the area of golf management, this is “not all that uncommon.”

Rick Tobin, Editor (434 Posts)