Grand Elk Golf Club looking for members |

Grand Elk Golf Club looking for members

GRANBY – There’s hope that the Grand Elk Golf Club will open this May for the 2012 season.

In a statement sent to past Grand Elk Golf Club members and Grand Elk Property owners, the club announced that it needs a total of 80 new or renewal club memberships before the end of April in order to open for the 2012 golf season.

“We’re just trying to save our club for the community’s sake, and this is what it will take,” said Pam Lacy, owner of the Grand Elk Golf Club and Golf Course. “This is based on a careful financial projection for summer and on what I can tolerate to lose.”

Memberships are open to anyone who wants to join and are not limited to Grand Elk residents.

Lacy, who has subsidized the golf course for the last two years to the tune of a little more than $500,000, says the revenue from the 80 memberships would generate $120,000, which is 18 percent of the budget, including losses.

In other words, she would still have to subsidize the golf course in 2012, even with the 80 members, but her subsidy wouldn’t be as high as it has been in the past two years. The Grand Elk Golf Club offers three levels of membership: full golf family membership ($1,800), couple ($1,500) and individual ($1,200).

The deadline for gaining the 80 memberships is April 27. If the goal is attained, then payments will be processed at that time. All membership categories will include pool and spa access.

Lacy said she feels the survival of the club will help stabilize the development and protect future prospects not only for the Grand Elk area but for the Granby area in general.

The Grand Elk Golf Club ended up under investor ownership after financial hardships caused by the recession resulted in poor real estate sales and minimal membership activity for the original Grand Elk Ranch and club developers.

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