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Could Course's Uncertain Future Leave Golfers in the Lurch?

Frankfort's Green Garden Golf Course faces foreclosure, which could force some leagues to scramble to find a new place to tee up.

December in Illinois means temperatures in the single digits and snow on the ground. People are thinking about hitting sledding hills, not hitting golf balls.

But the recent news that and its owner has left a few area golfers—especially those in leagues—wondering if they'll still be able to tee up at the Frankfort course.

Calls to went unanswered Monday and Tuesday, but a recording said that the clubhouse restaurant was open with winter hours (closed Monday-Thursday and open Friday-Sunday), as was the golf dome and pro shop.

Scott Tierney, who runs the Golf League, says he hasn't heard anything official from Green Garden concerning changes in its operation. Along with league play beginning in April, Tierney's organization also sponsors lessons in January at the course.

The league plans at least a month in advance for its activities in order to set dates and prices, Tierney says, and the winter brochure, which advertises the lessons, will be mailed in a couple weeks.

"It would put us in kind of a quandary (if the course closes)," Tierney said, adding that he's taking a "business as usual" approach for the time being.

Of course, that doesn't mean Tierney hasn't been thinking about contingency plans.

"I've been putting feelers out there if we need to move those things to other golf courses," he said.

Bob Gamboa, an organizer for the Mokena Lions Golf League, said he hoped the course was still open in the spring, even with new management. If it did close, he wasn't sure what the league would do.

"Ultimately, it's out of our hands," said Gamboa, who was unaware of the foreclosure suit until he was asked about it. "I've been running it for 20 years, and they automatically renew it for me every spring."

There is an indication that Green Garden could be facing more financial problems. Nadler Golf Car Sales, the Aurora company that leases carts to the course, is still owed money for its services, said owner Dave Nadler. But Nadler wouldn't go into details about dollar amounts or future dealings with Green Garden.

"We've picked up the cars like we do at the end of each season, and they owe us some money, I'll put it that way," he said.

john bruno December 15, 2010 at 03:32 PM
How about the fact that McEnery stopped paying his mortgage in March, yet collected all of the fees from the players, etc., all summer?
Robert A Yaggi Jr December 15, 2010 at 06:09 PM
Where do you think the money comes from to pay the employees, fertilize the greens and mow the grass? What about utilities, insurance or taxes? Although I have never met Mr. McEnery or for that matter even heard of him I am somewhat confident he didn't get rich this summer by skipping a couple of mortage payments. Did the players get cheated for paying for the golf they receieved? You probably would be the first to complain if fees were raised higher in order to cover expenses.
dan bowen13 December 15, 2010 at 09:48 PM
Where are all of our deposits at that GG has been holding for as long as you had a permanent tee time?? Would like to get $$ back. Dan Bowen
Robert Yaggi December 15, 2010 at 10:14 PM
I am curious...coming from an outsider, what was the agreement in regard to the deposits that GG held? Are you looking for a refiund or are you just curious as to where the money is?
Rob Braka December 15, 2010 at 11:06 PM
Many people that work for Gas City or the Creamery have lost their jobs prior to Christmas. Some families are financially injured, And some golfers have lost a deposit on a permanent tee time to play in 4 or 5 months? Thanks for keeping it in perspective guys!!
dan bowen13 December 15, 2010 at 11:08 PM
don't care where money is- have 8 golfers @$50 per that have money on deposit which is standard procedure

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