Lake Doster and Wallinwood Springs Golf Clubs in West Michigan Files for Bankruptcy

by San Antonio Attorney

Two West Michigan golf courses will make their opening this coming spring amid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition filed by their proprietors, according to their general partner through an interview last February 10.

The two golf courses based in West Michigan, Wallinwood Springs Golf Club and Lake Doster Golf Club will still operate as a business while seeking new finances.

The partnership allegedly has debts of more than $880,000 to First Community Bank, according the bankruptcy filing in the U.S.  District.  The partnership also has debts of more than $50,000 in back taxes to local and federal agencies.

The two golf courses were created by architect Jerry Matthews.  Wallinwood Springs is an 18-hole course that started its operations in 1992.  Lake Doster Golf Club, located in the Allegan County, opened in 1968.

The golf industry in the West Michigan has suffered a tremendous financial crisis for the past years as these were already redeveloped for housing and agricultural lands.

In 2013, the Brigadoon Golf Course, named as one of West Michigan’s most controversial golf courses was sold through an online auction after failure to resume its operations.  In the same year, the Riverbend Golf Course was purchased by dairy farmer Larry Haywood, whose family sold the land to the original golf course developer last 1963.

In 2014, NW-based Meijer Foundation’s 18-hole Grand Rapids Golf Club officially transferred the property to Frederik Meijer Gardens.  This occurred after initial plan of relocating the Southeast YMCA after the property was rejected by the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission.

In 2015, Rockford-based Braeside Golf Course permanently closed after the bankers took hold of the golf course through a bankruptcy court.  The bankers auctioned it off as a potential land for housing development after the operators failed to open last spring.

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