Club deal off the table, but maybe not dead

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An issue with the pension fund for 22 club employees kept the Country Club sale from happening.

After a hopeful beginning 17 months ago, both sides announced Friday that a deal to sell Rancho Murieta Country Club to a Southern California golf exec is now off the table. Still, they made it sound like the deal is not necessarily dead. Read more » Read more » about Club deal off the table, but maybe not dead

Country Club sale is threatened by union fee

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The agreement to sell Rancho Murieta Country Club to a Southern California golf executive, which expired at 5 p.m. Friday, got a two-week extension at the last minute. But that was not good news. Read more » Read more » about Country Club sale is threatened by union fee

Club buyer says he's still in the deal

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The Country Club’s prospective buyer says he’s willing to continue beyond a May 30 deadline for the deal – provided the union pension fund that’s holding a $3 million debt over the club’s head will cooperate on a settlement. Read more » Read more » about Club buyer says he's still in the deal

Country Club sale faces $3 million obstacle

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Country Club President Vince Lepera, right, and General Manager William Armstrong talk about problems closing a deal to sell the club.

Leaders of Rancho Murieta Country Club spoke for an hour Saturday morning about the lone remaining issue blocking the effort to sell the club – an underfunded union pension that has become a $3 million problem for the club. Read more » Read more » about Country Club sale faces $3 million obstacle

Country Club, buyer extend sale talks

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Rancho Murieta Country Club and its prospective buyer have agreed to extend their negotiations to the end of May, the club said Tuesday. Read more » Read more » about Country Club, buyer extend sale talks

Thames and Little win PGA club team title

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Congratulations to Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club's golf pro, and Brian Little, who captured the Club Team Championship this week on the Monterey Peninsula. Read more » about Thames and Little win PGA club team title

Sun returns on a high-running Cosumnes

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Cosumnes River

The area caught a break overnight, as the Cosumnes River didn't reach the forecast levels. Still, it was plenty high, with whitecaps rolling by the first green of the South Course Tuesday morning. A bunker there flooded 10 days ago, when the river damaged three of the course's holes, two of which remain under repair. Scott Road remained flooded Tuesday morning. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Sun returns on a high-running Cosumnes

Country Club cleans up after Mother Nature

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Tee markerThe Country Club has been cleaning up since Saturday, trying to make the best of Mother Nature’s mess on Holes 10 and 11 of the South Course, which flooded Friday when the Cosumnes River rushed in. General Manager Bill Armstrong says they’ve got seven to 10 people on the job every day, and the work will continue for another week or 10 days. These shots were taken Monday, when workers were cleaning up the 10th tee, which was submerged halfway up the tee-box hill. (The marker stone, right, was completely submerged.) The South Course reopened for play Tuesday, minus Holes 10 and 11, which will be closed for another few weeks, Armstrong estimates. Click photos for larger images Read more » about Country Club cleans up after Mother Nature

New owner talks about Country Club plans

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New Country Club owner Bob Husband talks with Men's Club members.

Bob Husband, whose company is buying the Country Club, shared his thoughts about club improvements at a Men’s Club dinner Wednesday night. Among his topics were the need for staff training, a fitness-swim center, creating indoor-outdoor spaces and a quality driving range. His goal: to make the club the social center of the community. Read more » about New owner talks about Country Club plans

Falling water and a rising sun

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After the storm

Wednesday morning, with the Cosumnes River levels falling, the community was looking at the forecast of a couple of showery days, then maybe a few days of sunshine. The Country Club was looking at a cleanup job on the first hole of the South Course, an area that got a taste of Cosumnes floodwaters. Photo by Frank Falusi. Click for larger image. Read more » about Falling water and a rising sun

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