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Country club's owner seeks tenant

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 9:04am

It’s been three months since Donnie Thompson, the owner of Windsor Jewelers, purchased the North Augusta Golf & Country Club.

Thompson said last week that he is still waiting on a new company to come in and manage the club.

“Everybody talks but nobody is willing to do anything,” he said. “As far as a real legitimate somebody to run it and lease it, there doesn’t seem to be anybody that is willing to do it.”

When he purchased the club June 27, he didn’t expect to run into the problems he has faced. “I bought it because somebody said they were going to run it and pay me rent on it,” he said.

“It was a good deal on the property and a good piece of property and I’m not the least worried about it.”

The 131-acre property was purchased for $1.2 million, according to county property records.

Thompson has been working on the golf course, he said. “I’ve fixed pumps, repaired the irrigation and sprayed the shrubbery.”

Se said it looks better than it has in years, but it is still in need of a tenant.

He said he doesn’t have any plan for the golf course right now but “if someone comes up with running it as a golf course, that’s fine with me.”

As for the swimming pool, it needs at least $10,000 in work done to meet the state Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations, he said.

“They did some repair work on it before I got there and the repair work will not pass DHEC,” he said. “I may not fix it. I don’t know if I have any interest in it.”

Thompson said he thought the pool was fine when he purchased the property, but later found out work had been done on it that did not meet state requirements and that it costs more to fix it now than when it was broke.

The Hammond Hills Suburban Club, which has a limited amount of memberships available, will be the only 25-yard pool open for competitive swimming in North Augusta if the country club does not reopen its pool.

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