Article Courtesy of News 4
By Corley Peel
Published March 20, 2019
ORANGE PARK - Clay County commissioners decided Tuesday not to purchase the
Orange Park Country Club two weeks after it abruptly closed some of its
During a meeting between commissioners,
homeowners and the homeowners association president, the
commission decided not to take on the country club because
it didn't feel the development was feasible for the county
to own. News4Jax learned last Tuesday that the club closed
its golf course and tennis courts.
John McCormack, the president of the homeowners association,
proposed the county buy the golf course. County
commissioners said they would need $15,000 to conduct a
feasible study of the country club, which first opened in
Ultimately, the commission decided it wasn't worth the cost.
All but one commissioner felt the county government should
not get involved.
According to McCormack, former owner James Price had a hard
time making ends meet and decided to walk away. He hopes
someone comes through and saves the development.
“I think it's up to the lenders to figure out what they
want to do, McCormack said. "Hopefully there’s a buyer out there that will
present themselves in the private sector and somebody will want to come in
and want to run a golf course.”
More than 600 residents live in the country club. Many
worry about the future of the gated neighborhood.