New owner of North Augusta country club considers options

Friday, July 6, 2012 12:48 PM
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An Augusta businessman who purchased North Augusta Golf & Country Club said he intends to invest in restoring the grounds but isn’t certain of the long-term viability of the club.

Firefighter works on blaze at North Augusta Golf & Country Club in April 2007. Donnie Thompson purchased the property from North Augusta Management Group LLC and Fred W. Layman III, the Martinez businessman who bought the country club in April 2007. Its main building was destroyed by the fire four days later.  FILE/STAFF
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Firefighter works on blaze at North Augusta Golf & Country Club in April 2007. Donnie Thompson purchased the property from North Augusta Management Group LLC and Fred W. Layman III, the Martinez businessman who bought the country club in April 2007. Its main building was destroyed by the fire four days later.

Donnie Thompson, the owner of Windsor Jewelers, said he bought the property last week and is awaiting a plan from its current operators to see whether it can continue as an enterprise.

“I’m not looking for a money pit,” said Thompson, who purchased the 131-acre property just across the Edgefield County line for $1.2 million on June 27, according to county property records.

Thompson purchased the property from North Augusta Management Group LLC and Fred W. Layman III, the Martinez businessman who bought the country club in April 2007. Its main building was destroyed by fire four days later.

Layman pleaded guilty last year to federal mortgage fraud charges and was sentenced in September to 16 months in prison, followed by three years’ probation. He was accused of having his stepdaughter falsify financial information on mortgage loan applications involving the federal lender Fannie Mae between December 2006 and December 2007.

Thompson said he has no plans to redevelop the land or make radical changes. He said some of the work might interrupt use of the golf course in coming weeks, but a lot of details remain up in the air.

“It has been neglected,” he said. “My plan is to get in there, fix it up and make it look good again. It is a really beautiful piece of property.”

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red10778
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red10778 07/06/12 - 02:23 pm
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And today's Daily Deal is for

And today's Daily Deal is for the NACC???

avidreader
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avidreader 07/07/12 - 10:29 am
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The Knack!

Donnie Thompson has a knack for investing money and making the investment work. Some of his investments are big money-makers, while others are simply for community interest. I love his little hideaway motel between Ellis and Greene. A great place to have a wedding or a big party.

blues550
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blues550 07/07/12 - 06:11 pm
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Good For Donnie
Unpublished

Finally a class act and not a total creep have the club and hopefully can restore its luster. The torch totally destoyed...pun intended...one of North Augusta's treasurers.

MTBer
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MTBer 07/12/12 - 09:15 am
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'Bout time!

Been waiting on this one for a while. Joined last year, and have been hoping someone would take over and hopefully return some of the former glory. It desperately needs a few dollars, at least to get the grass mowed. Right now you lose your ball if it is anywhere outside the main fairway.

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kuuipo 10/18/12 - 05:44 pm
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Reopening??

It would be really nice if we had a basic idea when the course will be reopened. It would be even nicer, if those of us who live in homes bordering the property, were at least allowed to use the paths to walk, seeing as some of us put money into the membership for the club, and have not had any use out of it. We love the course, and you have done an amazing job of fixing it up Mr. Thompson, please consider giving us some further information now that you have the course looking so good again. Those of us who would like to walk the paths, have no intention of doing any damage in any way, or playing golf on it until you reopen it for golfing. Thank you for your consideration.

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