Silverstone Golf Club closed; future unpredictable

“GREENS CLOSED”

There’s actually no mistaking the message marked in big red letters throughout Silverstone Golf Club’s homepage. It’s the exact same indication golf players discovered tied on the front gate to Silverstone’s clubhouse this week.

Silverstone staff members and homeowners living around the northwest valley course on Thursday validated it had actually been offered to a Southern California buyer and closed as of Tuesday early morning.

The decision was announced in a two-page letter signed by Par 4 Golf Management Inc. CEO and Silverstone owner Paul Jaramillo, who mentioned the course’s continuous financial difficulties, his own personal health and the rising price of water in describing the transfer to Silverstone’s club members.

The Sept. 1 letter goes on to say the course’s brand-new owner “means to close” the course. It does not say whether the unnamed company plans to resume Silverstone or what other strategies it might have for the course.

Neither Jaramillo nor course co-owner Keith Flatt returned demands for comment.

Nearby citizens have actually long suspected that the new owners would seek to tear up at least part of the course and put down a domestic advancement, a result Jaramillo rejected in a November letter resolved to club members and gotten by the Review-Journal.

Reached for remark Thursday, brand-new course owner Ronald Richards didn’t reject the possibility.

Richards– a lawyer with a Los Angeles-based company that was criticized for its efforts to build houses on a San Diego-area greens– said he prepared to take Silverstone in a “new direction,” however did not volunteer specifics.

“I anticipate producing an use for the home that is ecologically sound and removes the cloud of liability that has actually afflicted this building for many years,” he wrote in an e-mail Thursday afternoon. “I want to deal with my next-door neighbors to come up with a new instructions that does not require an operator to subsidize another person’s luxury golf game, at an unsustainable loss that does nothing for the neighborhood at big, and for all non-golfing citizens and next-door neighbors.”

That response might not put Silverstone golf enthusiasts or homeowners at ease.

All three homeowners gotten in touch with by the Review-Journal feared the arrival of a new housing development would damaged fairway views along with their home values.

“It would be moderate to say we’re up in arms about it,” stated neighboring house owner Bob Gomperz. “The HOA says they’re pursuing legal viewpoints. I understand there is a group of house owners outside the HOA that are attempting to get some money together to pursue legal options.

“Clearly, the property owners would choose (development) not happen.”

Another citizen said property owners were “none too thrilled” about the possibility of future development. A 3rd said they were “pissed off” simply thinking about it.

Those exact same homeowners reported that tee times at the course had actually been canceled on Monday. They said all Silverstone staff members– from caddies to the course’s wedding event and event staffers– had actually been laid off that exact same day.

Par 4 employees stated they couldn’t validate or deny the status of their colleagues and deferred comment to Western Golf Characteristics, a California-based golf course management business.

Western CEO Robert Heath said there were no workers at the course when his business took control of operations this week.

Heath stated Western was contracted to run Silverstone on an interim basis by new course owner Richards.

He stated he wasn’t sure when Richards prepared to take control of the property’s daily operations.

Contact James DeHaven at [email protected]!.?.! or 702-477-3839. Find him on Twitter: @JamesDeHaven

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