Oct 21, 2014 7:44 PM by Brian Johnson
A golf course is closing up shop after 44 years of business on The Ridge.
"It took me 10 years to be able to hit a ball like that and now they're taking the course away," golfer Jay Izatt said.
But Izatt has no hard feelings about not being able to hit a ball that hard again here at Paradise Pines because he understands business is business.
That's basically what Tara Campbell, speaking on behalf of Paradise Pines' owner, said it boils down to.
She says closing the 44-year-old golf course was a business decision.
It's one they wish they didn't have make, but did because they couldn't keep running an operation in the red.
Plainly stated, not as many people are golfing up on The Ridge, Campbell told Action News Now over the phone Tuesday.
But Izatt is and does, two to three times a week.
Izatt says he'll now have to play the game he loves, what he describes as a true test of patience and constant game of self-improvement, elsewhere.
And that's unfortunate, because to play, all he has to do is step outside his back door, where he's lived since 2004.
"Here I live on the course, my golf cart comes right out of the golf cart garage right on the golf cart path, so I'm losing that," Izatt said.
So though that garage door will stay closed, and while he may play elsewhere, Izatt says he'll always come back home to Magalia.
"I'm 77 years old and we had it custom built to fit us so now I don't know what we're going to do and I don't know what the course is going to do," Izatt said.
Paradise Pines will close up shop end of the day, at the end of the month.
They say they'll start offering refunds for members mid-November.
They're still interested in buyers to take over the course, but say they're realistically considering alternatives to golf.
By the way, Paradise Pines' owner also owns Del Oro Water Company, which was selling water to Paradise Pines for the same sort of rates as they would to anyone, says Del Oro's Tara Campbell.
Campbell says that was never an issue, as Bob Fortino's companies, Del Oro and Safor Corporation have always remained separate from each other.