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Possible sale of D’Andrea golf course in the works
by Tribune Staff
Apr 04, 2012 | 3704 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — Concerned homeowners reportedly have entered into a temporary agreement with the owners of the now defunct D’Andrea Golf Club and are hoping to have a buyer the club in two months.

“D’Andrea Golf Partners LLC, a newly formed entity comprised of concerned homeowners within the D’Andrea Community, along with additional outside investors, have entered into a 60-day Licensing and Maintenance Agreement with the current owners of the D’Andrea Golf Club,” the homeowners, working as a group stated in an email Wednesday. “The Agreement allows D’ Andrea Golf Partners to use the Clubhouse for administrative activities only. The parties are negotiating a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of the golf course with the anticipated closing at the end of the 60-day period.”

Names of the concerned homeowners and additional details of the deal were not available at press time. D’Andrea Golf Partners’ managing member is listed as Nick Oddo of Sparks.

An overdue water bill of $146,000 prompted the city of Sparks to shut off water to the public D’Andrea golf course, located off Vista Drive in east Sparks. The homeowners association, which also encompasses other residential communities, proposed a $28 additional fee on all properties, but homeowners overwhelmingly voted the fee down last month. The course owner, D’Andrea Golf Holdings, LLC, whose managing partner is Will Gustafson, decided to immediately close the golf course.

“It’s very unfortunate that the residents did not see the importance of investing to maintain their beautiful community and way of life,” Gustafson said March 8 following the vote. “Since our company cannot continue to operate the course at a loss, we will be closing the golf course immediately and permanently.”

Merl Coon, a D’Andrea resident who helped organize a grassroots effort to oppose the fee increase, said his understanding was that the newly formed group is seeking private financing to purchase the course — something he advocated throughout the process.

“This is working out the way we hoped it would,” Coon said.
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