Charlotte Golf Links shuts down

03/14/2014 6:32 PM

03/14/2014 6:33 PM

The Charlotte Golf Links course off Providence Road, part of the troubled Carolina Trail golf course group, has been shut down, and the owner of the land says he’s not sure why.

Willie Rea, whose family owns the 187 acres where Charlotte Golf Links operates, said officials with Billy Casper Golf Management had been running the course, but they left Thursday evening without explanation.

A local Instagram user posted a photo on the social network showing a sign that says the course “will no longer be in operation” as of Friday and directing golfers to call the Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville.

Officials at Skybrook said someone would respond to the Observer’s request for information on the closing, but the call wasn’t immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Messages left for a Billy Casper representative weren’t immediately returned either.

Charlotte Golf Links and the Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville were among seven courses owned by the Carolina Trail group led by businessman Jeff Silverstein.

Skybrook and Charlotte Golf Links were placed in receivership by a judge in August. The courses owed millions to their lender, Hunting Dog Capital, a San Francisco-based firm.

Silverstein said last year that the five other Carolina Trail courses were also headed for foreclosure and bankruptcy. The group’s debt included more than $1.2 million worth of federal tax liens, according to court records.

According to Julie Berger in the Mecklenburg Office of the Tax Collector, Charlotte Golf Links was auctioned. The lender posted the highest bid and foreclosed, she said.

The sale closed this week, and the tax collector’s office was paid Friday, Berger said.

Staff writer Ely Portillo contributed.

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