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Plantation Palms Golf Club closes


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Plantation Palms Golf Club, which closed briefly in August at least in part because of financial problems, has shut down again.

The club, which is off Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, has a message on its website that the “course is closed until further notice.”

The club’s owners, MJS Golf Group, LLC, could not be reached for comment.

The golf course’s closing prompted the board of directors for the Plantation Palms homeowners association to take steps to try to protect the golf course, even though it is privately owned and not the association’s responsibility.

As a result, the association sent a message to homeowners saying access to the community would be limited for the immediate future to homeowners, renters, guests, vendors and “others with legitimate business needs, such as landscapers, school buses or law enforcement officers.”

The association’s message also urged residents to “continue to respect the golf course as private property.”

“None of us have the right to free golf or to use the course as an addition to our backyards,” the message said. “We encourage all homeowners to pull together during this time and do whatever we can to promote and protect the integrity of the golf course property.”

MJS also closed the course for one week in August in an attempt to ease a strained budget. When the course reopened, the staff had been reduced from 21 employees to 13.

Previous to that, the course had closed on occasion for maintenance, but not for financial reasons, Jayson Ray, one of the three managing partners for the club, said at the time.

The 148-acre, 18-hole golf course opened in Dec. 28, 2000, and was purchased by MJS in 2011 for $2.18 million. The other managing partners are Mitchell Osceola and Steve McDonald.

At the time of the August closing, Ray said the club had slightly more than 100 members.

Ray said a budget deficit played a part in the temporary closing, but other factors were involved, too.

“There are several parts involved in why we closed,” he told The Pasco Tribune at the time. “It all came together at once, and it hit us. Lack of play, the weather, breakdowns, parts.”

The company has about $35,000 in delinquent property taxes for 2012, according to the Pasco County Tax Collector’s website.

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