A once popular golf course and country club is in jeopardy of going out of business. Thinking outside the box, the owners hope Walton County and the taxpayers will buy them out.
The golf course is around 90 years old. It’s a piece of DeFuniak Springs history. Walton county thinks if they buy it, they can save it. And, even making money in return.
“It’s really woven into the fabric of the society in DeFuniak Springs and north Walton. It’s important for that reason and it’s important for economic development,” shared Danny Glidewell, Walton County Commissioner.
Before spending tax payer dollars, Walton County Commissioners wanted to hear the thoughts of the community.
“I can tell you, that we have a gem. I mean we are missing so much,” shared Beth Sandlin, Country Club Resident.
“My question of concern is, not so much for golf. I don’t play golf. I love tennis, it doesn’t love me. What is the intent as far as having use for the public for the tennis courts,” questioned Stanley Donald, Resident.
“Critical part of economic development puzzle. That if we lose this I think it would be, it would be a negative for DeFuniak Springs,” said Michael Richards, Resident.
Buying this golf course would come with many perks. Like, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, a building for indoor classes and, there is additional acreage for future expansions.
Though with the perks, comes a price tag. “Around $47,000 dollars. For that, we are getting 190 acres in land. That in itself is unheard of,” shared Glidewell.
Commissioner Bill Chapman asked several questions dealing with cost of business, debts owed, staffing and improvements-needed.
“Wasn’t there a personal loan by a club member that is still outstanding,” questioned Bill Chapman, Walton County Commisioner. “One thing that was mentioned in the report, was that y’all have a restaurant in the club house with a kitchen…there is no kitchen.”
“Stan, I think you reached out to beverage? Can you brief the board on what you found from that,” asked Chapman.
“In our discussions, if DeFuniak Springs Country Club, Inc. dissolves or goes away, so does the liquor license,” answered Stan Sunday, Walton County Admin.
No action was taken during the public workshop. The Walton county commissioner will take a vote during the next meeting on Feb. 26th.