Bonner Co. auctioning off Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 6:41 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho – A North Idaho golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus could be yours for the right price in July.

The owners of what used to be called the Idaho Club in Sandpoint defaulted in bankruptcy in 2013. Now the course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is in the hands of Bonner County leaders who plan to auction it off to the highest bidder in July. The minimum bid will start at $1.7 million.

Back in 2008, the course’s clubhouse burned down and in the years following, the owner did not pay taxes. The course then went into the hands of Bonner County, which is now looking to auction off the course.

The whole situation has left homeowners on the course worried.

“If the golf course goes away and becomes a meadow, our property’s not going to have the value that it had when the golf course was viable,” said neighbor, Luke Reed. 

Homeowners and club members are trying to keep the course as viable as possible. They are using their own money to pay a small maintenance crew to keep the course in shape. They are also each doing their own part.

“We’re filling divots and mixing divot mix and doing whatever it takes to make the course better. Because we hope it comes back with new ownership and be better than ever,” said Reed.

A company with mortgage rights to some homes may buy part of the course.  The auction is set to take place July 9.

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