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Will golf continue at Plantation? New owners to weigh viability as group forms to ‘save’ course

Plantation Country Club in Garden City is moving closer to a sale, but longterm plans for the golf and recreation club haven’t yet become clear. Meanwhile, a new group has formed to “Save Plantation.”

“A team of both local and out-of-state investors and individuals with golf and real estate experience is currently in escrow to purchase the Plantation Country Club,” Plantation General Manager Jayson Peterson said in a prepared statement to BoiseDev.

American Golf Corporation of Los Angeles currently owns the course and has been selling courses around the western United States.

“At this time, the (potential ownership) team is conducting due diligence to better understand the property, the viability of the 18-hole golf course, and its future potential,” Peterson said.

If the sale closes, Peterson says the new owners have agreed to keep American Golf on as managers. 

BoiseDev received a flurry of questions about the private members-only club in recent months, and for now, there are no firm answers on the future plan.

If the sale closes, “the (potential owners) will engage with club members, homeowners, and neighbors to gather input as an important first step in assessing future opportunities for the property.” Peterson said.

A group calling itself the Protect Plantation Coalition, which does not identify its members, has launched a website that says “uncertainty clouds future.” The site says the “The Protect Plantation Coalition includes neighbors and neighborhood groups, golfers and others concerned about open space.” 

According to the Idaho Secretary of State’s online database, the Protect Plantation Coalition has not registered to do business in Idaho.

BoiseDev has reached out to the group for comment.

The course along the Boise River first opened in 1917, and is currently a par-71 course with large cottonwood and spruce trees along its fairways. It was built on the site of an amusement park.

According to the Ada County Assessor, the primary property for the course is about 100 acres and is assessed at $2,278,400. The property includes a number of tennis courts, a clubhouse, pool and maintenance facilities for the course.

More than 70 homes and condominiums line the course, many with seamless backyards backed up to the fairways. A number of prominent local people own homes in the area.

American Golf’s course liquidation includes golf facilities in several states according to a flier from commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. The courses are listed from $2.5 million to more than $23 million. Plantation is listed as being in escrow, but a price isn’t noted.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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