Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club closed its doors Friday

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Mount Vintage Plantation & Golf Club green No. 6 on the Vintage course March 25, 2009 in North Augusta, S.C.           Annette M. Drowlette/staff                     Annette M. Drowlette
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Mount Vintage Plantation & Golf Club green No. 6 on the Vintage course March 25, 2009 in North Augusta, S.C. Annette M. Drowlette/staff
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Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club and its associated facilities closed Friday, and the future of the club is unknown.

The golf course, restaurant and town center closed effective 2 p.m., according to Mount Vintage residents who received a memo.

Mike Hooker, who has been a Mount Vintage resident since 2003, bought the golf club Aug. 1, 2011, from Mount Vintage Development Co. LLC. The club off Sweetwater Road in Edgefield County nearly closed in 2010 before Hooker stepped in.

Hooker didn’t return phone messages Friday afternoon seeking comment.

Ryan Mulvey, director of golf at Mount Vintage, declined to comment.

The original 18-hole course designed by Tom Jackson opened in 2000. In 2008, a third nine, also designed by Jackson, opened for play.

Mount Vintage has played host to numerous professional, amateur and junior golf tournaments in the past, including the LPGA Tour’s Asahi Ryokuken International and NGA Tour’s Kandy Waters Memorial Classic.

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Jake 02/07/14 - 10:52 pm
What happened?

I had the pleasure of playing there in 2003 and the course was in great shape. The pro shop and restaurant were also very good. Unless there was mismanagement of some sort then I cannot see why this outstanding golf course is not prospering. What went wrong?

IBeDogGone 02/08/14 - 02:39 am
Sage Valley

Maybe Weldon Wyatt will buy it for those who cannot enjoy Sage Valley!

MTBer 02/08/14 - 07:39 am
Won't be the last

I just read an article this week that golf in the US is shedding/losing more than 500,000 players per year, and the number of golf courses going by the wayside is rapidly increasing. I had heard that Mt Vintage was in foreclosure a few months back. Lost North Augusta a couple of years ago. Wonder who's next?

vibe1 02/08/14 - 09:00 am
Maybe the home owners there

Maybe the home owners there received a memo. But the members did not. Not a word. Still have equipment and other belongings in the lockers. No one answering phones. Interesting that they closed AFTER the monthly dues were collected.

Old Augusta
Old Augusta 02/08/14 - 10:11 am
Truth be told, the club was already outdated

the day in opened it's doors. Changes in the golf industry had already divided into the golf only experience with limited homes Vs the residential developments in which the trends had dramatically changed the way, shape, look, streets cape etc. Mt Vintage had no signature look and what it did have lacked taste when compared with a Champions Retreat or say a Daniels Island in Charleston where the homes are built with Savannah Grey brick and all the homes have a strict code of what can be built. In other words, no tacky synthetic stucco homes.

IBeDogGone 02/08/14 - 10:37 am
Old Augusta Well Said

You can make money but some people just cannot buy CLASS!

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 02/08/14 - 10:54 pm
Golf is an expensive game to

Golf is an expensive game to play and to even practice. Even the equipment and shoes are expensive. Takes alot of time and money to just be decent at it. So, if you've got the time and money, it's a great sport. Spending time playing with your friends or family can be wonderful, as long as you can afford it. Not condemning the game at all, just explaining the obvious as to why the game is waning and courses are closing. Seems like the courses that last are the courses that offer more than just golf for it's members. Even then, the members will eventually grow tired of their "old" course, and abandon it and move over to a newer and more "in" course...i.e. Jones Creek and Champions Retreat.

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