Gleneagle golf course looks like weed patch

Course has not been maintained since it was shut down

Rob Carrigan
Parts of the Gleneagle Golf Course look more like a hay field.
Rob Carrigan
Tree-like thistle grows in the greenways.
Rob Carrigan
The 18th hole marker, nearly obscured by tumbleweeds.
Rob Carrigan
Sunflowers choke the fairways in places.
Danny Summers

Those weeds and brown grass and dead spots you see up and down the 18 fairways, greens and cart paths at Gleneagle Gold Club are not suddenly going away anytime soon.

“This is not good for the community,” said Ken Judd, a board member with the Gleneagle Civic Association. “Nobody feels good about the situation, but there’s nothing that any of us can do.”

For several years, Judd has been the “unofficial” point man when it comes to the golf course for the various Gleneagle homeowners associations and its residents. He answers several emails, phone calls and direct questions from area residents each week as it pertains to the current and future of the course.

“I don’t know a whole lot more now than I did before,” Judd said. “The owner doesn’t communicate with me, except through email, and that is very sparse.”

Judd was much more optimistic about things last October when club general manager Rick Evelo and property owner Miles Scully announced that golf course would be closing effective Nov. 1.

Judd stated that he hoped Scully would find a buyer and that the course would reopen. But things got worse when the Palms Restaurant closed earlier this year.

“The ponds that are part of the golf course are all dried up, except for a small amount of water at what is referred to as “Huntington Beach,” Judd said. “I don’t how that pond is getting water.”

Scully, an attorney whose office is in San Diego, has not returned Tribune telephone calls or emails.”

“I think we have a right to know what’s going on,” Judd said. “But maybe that’s more a moral right.

“It’s is a private business and I respect that.”

The Gleneagle golf course is owned and operated by MCTN LLC, a Nevada limited liability company set up by Atlanta-based Mad River Holdings Inc. and the Miles and Denise Scully Trust. MCTN LLC purchased the 135.4-acre course in 2003 for the sum of $825,000, according to records supplied by the El Paso County Assessor’s Office and the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.

The course has not been maintained or watered since it closed down. Scully went a step further and closed his account with Donala Water and Sanitation.

“The course is pretty overgrown with weeds along the edges and roughs, and the greens are in terrible shape,” Judd said. “Even if somebody wanted to open it up again, I think it would cost so much money and take so much money to get it back into shape it wouldn’t be worth it.

“In the time I’ve lived here I only played the course a half dozen times. I rarely saw people playing.”

Gleneagle was the second of three Tri-Lakes area courses to close in about a year. Monument Hill Country Club shut down in the early part of 2013, only to reopen in June of that year. It is being run by Touchstone Golf, a California-based company that basically runs golf courses until a buyer is found.

King’s Deer closed down earlier this year, but a local resident of the development purchased the course and it reopened in May.

You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the next step (for Scully) is development,” Judd said. “But the golf course is zoned for five-acre lots, so there’s not a lot that can happen.

“Plus there are certain rules in place and contracts that have been signed that prohibit development from happening.”

In May, Young Life, Colorado Springs-based world-wide Christian ministry, help a 5K run at the course. Judd has observed various people out walking.