Jones Creek, Columbia County drop lawsuit after an 8-year battle

Published: Mar. 17, 2019 at 6:12 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's been a while since the Jones Creek Golf Club was bustling with life.

"It means a lot to this community. It's a golf course community," Jones Creek resident Dennis Ritz said. "It means a lot to property values, it has everything to do with the quality of life in this community."

"We have a closed course and one that is, let's face it, deteriorating since September because of that closure," Ritz said. "It really is going to have a negative impact on Masters week."

188 days ago the course closed its doors.

"I remember it distinctly," Ritz said. "Walking one of my dogs in the neighborhood, saw the superintendent and he confirmed we were closing the course. It wasn't a good day."

But really, this starts in 2011. The golf course flooded from the silt building up in Willow Lake. That's when Jones Creek and several others sued Columbia County.

Two cases and thousands of dollars in legal fees later, the clouds have parted. It's been almost eight years.

"All the parties, roughly six parties, have all come together and made a decision to dismiss all of their claims against each other and to essentially close the case," Dixon Revell, the attorney representing Jones Creek said.

He says the cost to keep fighting was too much for the parties involved. Now, the fight is over.

"They're interested to sell the course to any interested buyers, but have no immediate plans to reopen it," Revell said.

For the community, it's a chance to bring golf back.

Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson released a statement from the county. That statement reads: "The plaintiffs dropped their suit against the county and we are pleased with the outcome."

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