Walnut Ridge Country Club closes

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge Country Club has closed its doors due to financial issues.

Greg Gill, club president, said the club re-opened in 2010 after a court ruling forced them to close and shut down the golf course.

Before the re-opening, a legal battle took place between the airport and the club over FAA compliance.

Many trees on the club's property and golf course prevented the airport from meeting FAA regulations.

The trees were removed in 2010 and the airport met FAA regulations.

The airport, which owned the club property, then chose to lease out the club once again.

The building has served as a supper club since being leased out again in 2010.

However, according to Gill, many core members left after the loss of the golf course.

In March of this year, severe weather damaged part of the club's roof and the last function was held at the club on Sunday.

Many country club members said they are sad to see the club close its doors.

According to Gill, it was not financially feasible for the club to remain open with the overhead cost and amount of debt.

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