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Mt. Vintage Closes Golf Course, All Amenities Friday

web posted February 7, 2014

MERRIWETHER Mount Vintage Plantation closed all operations of the golf course, Town Center, restaurant and athletic facilities until further notice, according to a letter sent to residents on Friday. The shutdown took place at 2 pm Friday and it is unknown when, or if, operations will return. A deal to purchase the golfing community fell through recently and the current developer is looking to sell, not maintain, according to sources.

The affluent golfing community began making the news in late 2008 and then 2009 after an addition of a second 9-holes to the existing 18-hole golf course and hundreds of new lots were placed for sale. Infrastructure to new homes was incomplete and roads were not paved as liens started piling on Developers Bettis Rainsford and Talmadge Knight.

The developers subsequently went belly-up and Knight purchased the property in bankruptcy and never completed the remaining unresolved infrastructure demands, though some were partially completed. The property was sold last year to an investor who had brokered a deal with a foreign investor that untimely fell through, sources stated at the time, and the for sale signs went back up in the last two weeks.

At this time it is unknown how long the facilities will be closed and if the golf course, even though closed, will be maintained.

Mike Hooker is currently the owner of the facilities, not the developer, and the closures were made by him, a homeowner said.

A copy of the email letter sent to homeowner association members is below in full.

Notice to MV community
We have received a phone call that effective 2:00 this afternoon (Friday Feb. 7), the golf club, the Town Center and Sticks Bistro will be closed until further notice. We have no further information than what we have received from Mike Hooker. If we get any further updates we will advise the community.

The links to past reports on Mt. Vintage are too long to list, so here is a listing from an advanced Google search of Edgefield Daily.











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