Various, potential buyers have been interested in seeing the Country Club at The Legends at 625 the Legends Parkway, Legends Club Manager Patti Natoli told Patch. However 70 percent are "simply curious," she said.
"Positive things are possible, and we've had the fourth or fifth meetings with a few of the potential buyers. But we're not willing to sell it to the first person who simply offers money," said Natoli.
"We're looking for someone who will respect the course and maintain it the way my father would want it. It's going OK, about as we expected."
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Natoli said buyers don't want to get stuck with the restrictions contained in The Legends' indentures, which indicates it must remain a 27-hole, private golf course. "Country clubs, in general, are struggling. People aren't eager to take on a course with limitations; they want all options available. The majority of potential purchasers have been interested, they just can't buy it, given the indentures. It is what it is."
She said there are still some prospective buyers to speak to, and that the Natoli family members have not given up hope.
"I wish we could work together better as a community to see what we can do to make it all work," she said.
Natoli said her family is open to Eureka city officials buying the course, but they have "not heard a peep" from the city or the immediate homeowners. She said she believed a Legends South homeowners' association meeting was held about a week ago, but no one has let them know what might have been discussed.
"The course is their community, but is our golf course. It's all got to work for both of us," she said.
"We wish we could get to some understanding with the homeowners, and have a conversation about what our buyers are looking for. Somehow or another, the indentures need to be discussed."
Natoli said of the $600 annual dues Legends homeowners pay, $120 of it goes to the Country Club to keep this a private facility and course. She said the money is designed to maintain the overall green space.
"Homeowners don't want the traffic on the course that going public would bring. But the country club is important to Eureka, and it's a friendship or marriage between us and the Legends' residents. We don't want to split hairs, we'd rather work together," she said.
She said they are acutely aware of the time expiring before the typical golf season starts in April. "Anyone interested in the course will want to open by April 1, but nothing is free and we're not going to have a fire sale just to have a sale."