Residents of Banks County can take down their Craigslist and E-bay listing for their golf clubs and breathe a sigh of relief. Scales Country Club isn’t closing after all.
In a deal that is set to be finalized within the next two weeks, Jim Pritchard and partner Tony Adams will be the new owners of Banks County’s lone country club.
“We are very excited about keeping the golf course going and developing a first class community for the Banks County area,” said Pritchard.
Pritchard moved to Homer from Gwinnett County approximately two years ago. Living only two miles from Scales Country Club, he was naturally drawn to the course. He noted that he’d played several rounds with his son, who is a collegiate golfer.
After learning that the club’s owners were looking to divest, Pritchard and his partner Adams slowly began making moves to acquire the property. Pritchard was only a year removed from selling his primary business – a cost management firm for workers compensation.
“I was piddling around for a while and looking for something to do,” he said. “We were fortunate that we found something we were passionate about and want to make it very successful. My partner and I looked at it and saw some opportunity there. We’d been looking at it for several months. The group that had it wasn’t necessarily in the development business and was anxious to sell.”
Pritchard was unable to provide financial details due to a non-disclosure agreement until the deal is finalized. But he did note that the process was going smoothly and doesn’t expect any “hiccups.”
Once the club is fully acquired, Adams and Pritchard will begin the long process of rebranding.
“We are investing a fair amount in the club to get it back in top-flight condition,” he added.
Aside from the course itself, the partners plan on renovating the clubhouse and amenities. Pritchard specifically pointed to cleaning up the pool and the tennis courts, while expanding the restaurant facilities.
The Scales Creek Road golf club has long been a staple of the Banks County community – and has seen many names and many different owners. Pritchard said he wants Banks County residents to have no fears that their golf club is going away anytime soon.
“We are in it for the long haul,” said Pritchard. “We are going to do our best to do the county proud. We’d like the community to know that we’re here to keep the course open and improve it to better than it’s ever been. This is going to be a stable continuing venture. People can have confidence that they can make a tee time for whenever they want to and will be able to get out there and play."
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