HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities



Vincenzo Marino

Imagine buying a home on a beautiful golf course. Then a developer comes along, closes the golf course, and plans to build condos there right in front of you. That’s what’s happened in Palm Desert and as you can imagine, residents are furious.

Barbara Powers says she remembers when she could walk into her backyard and onto a lush green golf course.

“There were pine trees and eucalyptus trees and palm trees covering the greens. It was beautiful and they kept it really nice,” said Powers.

Powers raised her family on the Palm Desert Executive Golf Course and says the course holds very specials memories.

“My son grew up playing on this golf course. Many, many juniors played here. It was a beautiful course for a nine hole course,” said Powers.

What was once a lush green golf course now looks like barren desert.

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Great video coverage of what happens to a neglected golf course. There’s no hope for this one. Condos coming soon, according to the report. 

Irvine residents worried about potential sale of Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course


IRVINE — The owner of the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course has put the property up for sale, sparking fears among nearby residents that their course could be turned into hundreds of homes.

Residents, who’ve been talking on social media, say they learned about the potential sale from a real estate flyer released by the golf course’s broker, Cushman & Wakefield.

The flyer touts the 18-hole public golf course, built in 1964, as “one of the largest in-fill land development opportunities left in the city of Irvine and Orange County’s Greater Airport area” with zoning that “allows for a mix of immediate and future potential development.”

The 147-acre site has “true potential as a reconfigured golf course with golf-adjacent residential and recreational uses,” the flyer reads.

But, city staff members recently told the City Council the flyer contained “some misleading information,” particularly in its assertion that the city’s pending update to the General Plan, which guides future projects, would increase the density of development allowed at the property.

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Irvine residents worried about potential sale of Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course

Owners adjacent to a private golf course voice concern about redevelopment of the site, now that the land which includes the golf course are up for sale. There have been some hints that the landowner and the City are considering new permits in the future, allowing a new land owner to construct many more homes than currently allowed by the development plan. 


Golf course greens forest
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Owner: ‘I have a golf course to protect’

By Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive Editor

Club West Golf Course owner Richard Breuninger has a message for anyone who cares about the troubled site:

“I have not been dishonest. I’m not running away from anything.”

In a wide-ranging interview with AFN, Breuninger gave his account of his stewardship of the course, stating he’s working to save it and his ownership of it.

“I made a bad hire and it didn’t work out,” he said, referring to his selection of Christa Jones as general manager.

Stating he was as much in the dark about her handling of the course’s business affairs through Club West Golf Management LLC as the other principal, investor William Day had been, Breuninger also said he was blindsided when he bought the course and discovered $242,000 in unpaid water bills and $102,000 in back property taxes.

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Richard Breuninger defends himself in this interview with Ahwatukee Foothills News. The Club West golf course and Club owner claims he was “blindsided” by past due water utility bills, financial records in disarray, and unexpected repairs to the clubhouse and restaurant, among other things. The records are currently being examined in a forensic audit.

In the meantime, Foothills HOA President said the community won’t be sharing the cost of a new city water supply line with Club West. 

Foothills HOA president says it won’t help pay for water line

AFN News Staff

Efforts to fund a pipeline to get cheaper water to the Club West Golf Course may have taken another hit.

Bill Fautsch, president of the Foothills Homeowners Association board, said last week that the HOA sympathizes with Club West residents.

They have seen the course go through three dry spells in two years – twice because former owner Wilson Gee cut off irrigation, citing high city bills, and now because the city has shut off the water over owner Inter Tribal Golf Association’s delinquent $215,000 bill.

But Fautsch, who recently won reelection to the board he’s served on for 12 years, said the HOA has never discussed paying a third of the estimated $1.2 million cost of running a pipeline from an SRP canal on the south side of the South Mountain Freeway path.

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Golf ball putting green

St. Lucie West residents question Trails Golf Course deal

PORT ST. LUCIE — Several St. Lucie West homeowners questioned why the Services District agreed to pay $1.1 million for the St. Lucie Trails Golf Course’s clubhouse complex and 15 acres when the entire 125-acre property recently sold for $1.5 million.

“This just smells,” said Joey Cueto, a homeowner in the Sanctuary neighborhood in St. Lucie West. “It’s ridiculous they’re going to spend that kind of money on a parcel of the golf course. I think they should reject it.”

Debra Ramsperger, a homeowner in the Presidential Cove neighborhood, said, “It shouldn’t be happening, but it is. Here’s an example of a poor choice with the district overpaying, using ratepayer money for land they want.”

District Manager and Utilities Director Dennis Pickle called the proposed transaction “a fair deal.”

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Property owners question the purchase price of a portion of St. Lucie Trails Club House and a 15-acre portion of the golf course by their Services District, wondering if the seller, CGI, is getting a sweetheart deal. The District hopes to sell the pool and tennis facilities to St. Lucie West HOA. According to the report, the Services District plans to use the 15-acre parcel as a storm drainage facility. 



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