WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - On January 1, 2020, Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club in Ocean Isle Beach closed and was put up for sale.
Worried about the course being redeveloped over the following months, community members came together to find a way to buy the 125-acre course.
“We all come from different walks of life and [are] retired so we had to learn as we go,” said Ken McGill, chair of Community Partners Golf. “We figured out what type of money we need to get this thing going and we’re working through that with the business plan that we hope gets us to profitability fairly soon.”
Keith Webb has lived on the course for 21 years and is the president of the lady’s golf association. She was one of the many homeowners that made an investment to buy the course but says golf wasn’t the only reason.
“It’s important environmentally,” said Webb. “It’s important for the golf course itself. It’s important for the community if you play golf or not; this has always been the center of the community.”
And, after months of not being taken care of, the course was overgrown, and it was the community that came out to get the course back into playing shape.
“The course had gotten into the springtime where the weeds had been growing; it was getting the community very nervous because of all the weeds coming in,” said McGill. “So, we had a group of 70 or so volunteers that pulled the weeds off every green.”
“For the community, it’s now more personable—you can now consider them a family member,” added Head Golf Pro Trey Maughan. “When they needed to do a bunch of work on the greens, everyone came out and worked together and there was a huge turnout and...just great to see the support a community can have together.”
The community has renamed the course The Links at Brick Landing and it will be open to the public on November 9.