Golfers upset community golf course closes out of the blue
POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 5:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Oaks at Sherwood public golf course had a four and half year run, but now it's shutting down. They say it's because of financial issues.
This particular golf course has been turned over three times due to money problems. Although the golfers at Sherwood Oaks are upset they can't play on their home course for now, they told NBC33 Wednesday they still have faith the course will be reopened again in the future.
"It's like the 'Cheers' of golf courses. It’s a place where everyone knows your name. It’s just a great place to be," said former employee, Brennan Haggard.
Brennan Haggard was laid off with less than 24-hours notice but instead of being aggravated or frustrated, he’s enjoying his last moments at what he calls his "second home."
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do - to try and turn this away," said Haggard.
Jim Jasek moved to the Oaks at Sherwood because the last golf course he lived on was shut down for financial reasons as well, so for him this is more like déjà-vu.
"A bunch of us guys get together and just have a great time," said Haggard.
Owners say the decision to stop operations was in the best interest of the whole community.
“Unfortunately there are a lot more golf courses locally that people can play, their choices are greater and there are not as many people playing golf. The combo of those 2 thing really led to our downfall," said Board member and part owner, Layne McDaniel.
Even though the Oaks at Sherwood is closed right now, members are optimistic it's not a total loss. All they need is someone to come in to the bank, put down the money and reopen it to the pubic.
"We don’t know that will happen but he hopes someone will take that effort, but the property itself will probably sit dormant for awhile," noted McDaniel.
So for Brennan, he will be leaving more than just a job.
"No other job can replace what we had here the camaraderie and the family," stated Haggard.
Jim says things will never be the same.
“I don’t think I'll be going it as often as I have been doing it here," said Jasek.
Still, all of the golfers are trying to stay positive.
The Baton Rouge Open was held at this golf course years ago and big timers like Arnold Palmer played there.
Every member who paid in full will get their money back and because they closed early in the month, those who pay month to month won't lose money either.