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Country Club Closes at The Legends in Eureka

The webpage for this country club says one sentence: The Legends is currently closed.

Rumors that The Country Club at The Legends in Eureka might close have been confirmed via some online messages.

Stephen Natoli, the director of The Country Club Tweeted on Jan. 31:  "Today we closed The Country Club at The Legends, unfortunately in tough economic times Private CC's are not breaking even. #ToughDay"

He also Tweeted on Jan. 31:  "City of Eureka Missouri, Enjoy your new park! http://www.thelegendsgolf.com  #NoTrespassing"

The Country Club, located at 625 the Legends Parkway, contained a dining area and chef, special events rooms, a pro shop and a swimming pool. The club is nestled into a 27-hole golf course on the southwestern portion of Eureka.

Editor's Note:  Eureka-Wildwood Patch called The Country Club Friday morning before driving there that afternoon, but none of the various phone lines were answered directly. The front doors of The Country Club were locked Friday and not answered. Three vehicles were parked near the rear of the building, but that door was not answered either. Patch was in touch via email with club manager Patti Natoli, and is eagerly awaiting a callback.

According to Stephen Natoli's Twitter profile, he also works in the field of tablet compression accessories and components at Natoli Engineering Company, Inc. in St. Charles.

If you are a member of The Country Club at The Legends, did you receive notice of this closing? Does anyone have any other current details? It's so disappointing to think a nice facility, such as this, would not be operating.

ticked off resident February 05, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I agree with skepticle! As a resident, I pay handsomely to look at the Legends golf couse and never get to use it. The course brings no value to me or my home. In addition, several residents were not made aware of the "GOLF TAX" when they bought their Legends resisdence. The HOA association wording hides this fact deceitfully and states something to the effect that, " one association will pay another legends association amounts.." Homeowners are not directly told that they pay for the course. So, If a potential golf course buyer does materialize, then they should expect to have their new members foot the entire bill, or give something back to the Legends community who pays for their roads!
Chuck Hollister February 05, 2013 at 08:32 PM
If the Natoli's lipps were moving they were lying. Not only the members were lied to.To bad for all the great employees that were lied to also. Chuck
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Thought about the employees, too—does anyone know how many staffers lost jobs?
Larry Lazar February 05, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Well, I know of one for sure. My son was a lifeguard at the pool. There were 4 lifeguards in total.
Chuck Smack February 06, 2013 at 03:19 AM
It's come at a time when we see opportunity emerge out of hardship. There is a vast regional shortage of affordable housing opportunities, especially for seniors. Everything is in place, including the funding from local subdivision associations whose fees could be reduced over time by allowing a progressive developer have the area redefined into a more permanant, guaranteed income investment. Rent is due every month. Greens fees and property assessments are valid only when your among the limited amount of people who have benefited from their adventures.The "Country Club" venue has been shrinking ever since the progression of advanced communication devices.
Just some insight... February 09, 2013 at 09:15 PM
The Natoli Family is most definitely unaware of how to run a sucessful business...from the customer service to the work atomosphere they are complete failures. I wouldn't be surprised surprised if The National Equestrian Center and Natoli Engineering ends up closing their doors one day as well...it is the most hostile work environment I have ever seen. Invest in your employess and treat them like gold and your business will soar.
JoeBrown February 13, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I knew several course maintenance men who stole daily from the course. Good riddens to them.
chris February 22, 2013 at 07:54 PM
and of course they call the police when the kids sled on the wooded hill side of the driving range even when they are out of business --- now thats class NOT - they wonder why people dont like them
s March 01, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Hey residents, would you like some cheese with your whine? I suspect most of you "don't like them" because they tried to operate a business. By these posts, I clear see few of you understand what that entails. It is easy to blame management when, again, you clearly do not have a understanding of the business. I admit, I am no expert at running a cc, but as one commenter said, places like forest park are booming. Forest park is public while the legends is private...I would think there is a reason they can't make that course public, and I would bet it has something to do with the residents. I don't live in the area, have played the course a few times, but it sounds like you complainers want something for nothing. Good luck with that...oh, and Chris, sledding tears up the ground- doesn't matter that it is closed, it looks bad to a buyer. Again, this is a business decision. I think the people who are letting the kids sled on private property are the unclassy ones. Mr. Natoli was spot on if he made comments about the short bus. Feel sorry for whomever procures this place.
Chris James March 01, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Yeah, read a 29 year old's twitter page.. What else could you do??
Chris James March 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Really Maureen, you know them?? Cool story..
Tami March 02, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Thanks for the above comment. Ayone who truly knows the nner workings of the Natoli Family knows they want to succeed, they want their employees to succeed. They want to make sure their businesses are enjoyed and valued for all the hard work and money they put into it. Too many people expect more than they are able to receive fiscally. It costs a huge amount of money to run a country Club of this magnitude and very few are really interested in making it work-for everyone.
Tiger woods March 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
It would make a great park and leave 9 holes open for public play , besides the homes in the legend are over priced anyway.
Robert George March 11, 2013 at 09:38 PM
First, anyone living here at the Legends is foolish if they believe the course and Country Club do not add value to their property. Second, if anyone didn't realize part of their annual assessment went to the Legends CC they didn't read their documents when they bought here. Finally, there are private clubs thriving in the St. Louis area - and with the right ownership and marketing plan so, too will this one. However, the longer the club sits vacant the less the club will be worth. Members are assets and it just makes good business sense to keep as many assets as possible. The clock is ticking and golf season is at hand.
R Jones March 11, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Francis, I've been following this story in the Business Journal and I think the real argument isn't the assessment to the neighborhood it's the inability to assess the members like you can do at "successful" country clubs in the area. I looked at the costs of The Legends Golf Course in comparison to others and their membership was hundreds less per month. If their costs are that low (i.e. $250 per month compared to $500+ in other areas) why is their only 10% of the neighborhood signing up when they live in the area? Sounds like the club supports the home values and the residents don't support the club (which you touched on). I hope that someone does buy this club soon but it's going to take a serious boost to the Eureka economy to help out a club of this magnitude.
Over priced legends March 12, 2013 at 01:21 AM
The best thing thy could happen is that a home builder i.e (TR Hughes or another major builder )comes in and builds a few more homes. I don't care to pay dues for a cousre that is worthless. It would be nice if they sell it and give me some oft his dues back. Also it woul make a great shopping area.
R Jones March 12, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I agree! Can they not sell some of the land to developers? If memory serves me correctly it's a 27 hole facility. If you don't have enough members for 27 why not reduce it to 18? You could sell the land and I bet it would cost less to maintain as a smaller facility. I don't know where you're going with "shopping area" though, Chesterfield already has enough Outlet Malls for St. Louis County.
Hayseed March 14, 2013 at 06:49 PM
How many of you really knew Carmelo (Carm to his friends) Natoli? The facts are these: He did care about the Legends GC. This property was his baby and he poured his heart and soul into. He was a proud man and put much, much of his own money into. Yes he did run it as a business. He had to. How do I know this? Because I worked with him and for him. Carm was a man's man and I will miss him. You all at the Legends will too...
Former worker March 29, 2013 at 05:22 PM
It was over priced and so are the homes, look at st.alabans they almost went under to. Turn this place into a public golf course and call it a day!!!!
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 01:50 AM
A reader comment from 6:47 p.m. had to be deleted due to violating the Patch Terms of Use to which all readers agree to abide by.
R Jones April 01, 2013 at 03:04 PM
It's to my understanding that St. Albans received a bailout from one individual.
s April 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Does anyone know if someone is buying it or what's going on? The weather is starting to warm up, so I just wondered if it is going to open under new ownership soon. Would be shame to have this great golf course be closed for the entire season!
Matt waters May 06, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Sell it already it was a junk course and most of the homes over vauled anyway.
R Jones May 07, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Judging by your spelling and grammar, I'm guessing your trailer is under valued?
Joe Lancing May 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Laughable to compare St. Albans, two nationally ranked golf courses to a Legends. St. Albans is a member owned club whose members recapitalized it when it was neccesary 5 years ago and is now probably one of the strongest in the Midwest. The Legends was doomed from the day it opened and will never work no matter who owns it because it simply doesn't have the membership that would pay the six to seven hundred a month to run a club. No one in their right mind would pay proper dues at that place and never will. It can reopen but the barely 75 members it had when it closed were only paying a couple hundred a month and being in Eureka doesn't help either. Sign the death warrant and turn it into $100,000 homes.
WW6 May 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I have lived in the Legends 10 yrs, we were never approached by the golf club to join, not even when we built our home. We heard of memberships by word of mouth and we ate at the club once during an open & inspect the premises held for potential members. My wife also attended a private reception there. I know the Natoli family, but don't understand how knowing the man/family on a personal level tells me how the business was run. I owned a business for 14 years and doubt my personal/business friends knew how hard I worked, nor how much I cared about the employees. The people that knew how I ran my business would have been my accountant, banker and my immediate family. I was in construction and my company was on the teams that remodeled four different golf clubs in the metro area. IMHO-if you want to operate a club, you must be prepared to maintain and improve the club to attract new members. I imagine that a golf club with 75 members was never going to turn a profit, the fact they only HAD 75 members says a lot. The posting by the late owner's family on the club's web site, if true, tells me they didn't have what it takes to attract and maintain a solid membership base. Lastly, provided the club was established with specific covenants (remain private, number of holes, etc.), the club agreed to them and those were the terms of the agreement. The club was legally bound by the terms and would have to renegotiate the contract to change them.
R Jones May 28, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Where did you receive your numbers from (75 members)? I heard previously that they had 80 that lived within the Legends Development and over 220 total. Perhaps you need to reopen that business of yours and get your banker and accountant back to work.
Km on June 29, 2013 at 08:53 PM
This is sad to see all the misperceptions. First the maintenance didn't steal what was there to steal grass seed??? Second the course was in great shape especially for the low cost memberships. And for those who thought they should sell to a developer well they tried and the city wouldn't allow it because it would hurt home values. Lastly if it is not your property stay off. Sledding damages the grass! I would agree that it was poorly managed but if anything was not right it was due to Carm's family. Outside of the changes Carm made when he visited every few months the course and club house was not managed like it should have been. Carm Natoli was being nice and giving his daughter Patti a job. Which was not good for business.
Pam Waugh June 30, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Does anyone know what is going on now with the country club ? We attended a meeting in May where new developers said they would re-open the course by June 15th. That date has passed and we are concerned.
Km on June 30, 2013 at 04:36 PM
The actual sale contract was not even signed until June 15. Would imagine it opens within the next month but somethings have to be finalized

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