Golf Club LLC files suit against American Golf over Golf Club of Oklahoma conditions

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The owner of a Broken Arrow country club has filed a federal lawsuit against the club’s Los Angeles-based operator, alleging that it has failed to honor its lease agreement, according to a Tulsa World report today.

Golf Club LLC, which owns The Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, filed the litigation Wednesday in Oklahoma City against American Golf Corp., which has operated and managed the club for nearly 20 years under a lease agreement with Golf Club LLC. The suit alleges that American Golf Corp. failed to meet the standards laid out in the agreement.

American Golf Corp. operates at least 85 private, resort and public golf courses throughout the United States.

Elby Beal, managing partner of Golf Club LLC, said in a statement that the ownership group anticipates that it will assume operations of the club on Jan. 1 upon the expiration of the lease. He added that a multimillion-dollar restoration and renovation project that is planned at the club in early 2017 will include the golf course, clubhouse, cottages and related facilities.

Beal was not immediately available for comment today.

Details of the renovation will be unveiled after the first of the year, Beal said.

Speculation about the future of the Golf Club has been rampant in the Tulsa golf community during the course of the lease and particularly in the last few years as the end of the lease drew near. According to members, American Golf has made a concerted effort to upgrade course conditions recently guided by the efforts of new superintendent Dave Camuso. Those efforts were apparently not enough to prevent the lawsuit.

The Golf Club opened in 1983 as an exclusive private club developed by a group of Southern Hills members led by John Williams. It was later sold to Southwestern Bell and then to Golf Club LLC. The course was designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio and has consistently been recognized as one of the top five courses in Oklahoma even as conditions have fluctuated as have membership levels and course finances.

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