A couple of weeks ago, I played at the Ahwatukee Country Club golf course. As I went to check in, I noticed that the pro shop had less than a quarter of the space occupied. When Ahwatukee Lakes was getting ready to shut down, the pro shop was just as sparse.
My first question to the man behind the desk was: When are you guys closing your doors?
Gee has closed Foothills two days a week (same thing happened to The Lakes) and Ahwatukee Country Club has bare spots throughout the fairways. I cannot comment on Club West, as I have not played there in a couple of years since they closed for summer because they could not keep up with watering.
Yes, we live in the desert. Yes, golf has gone through some rough times in Arizona due to the economy. But, I’m sure that Wilson Gee saw the books prior to purchasing the golf courses. Was it a bad business decision? No. Don’t believe a word Gee says. The sole purpose of buying The Lakes was to sell it off.
I am a MPR resident and used to find that the convenience of four golf courses in close proximity was very nice to have. I will now travel a bit further to support other area courses that are spending time and money to keep up their golf courses.