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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.

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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