Memberships to golf courses still in limbo

by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Complaints of late paychecks, trash and unpaid bills are linked to Carolina Trails Partners, a golf course management company, and Channel 9 has been looking into them for more than a year.

For months, Eyewitness News has reported on golfers who spent tens of thousands of dollars on memberships at Skybrook and Charlotte golf courses that now may be out of money for those memberships.

In July, the court appointed a Florida attorney, Andrew Bolnick, to the case to help get the golf courses' finances back on track.

Bolnick sent letters in August to golfers who spent that money becoming lifetime members telling them their memberships were no longer valid at those two courses.

The letter read their memberships were still valid at five sister courses but they were welcome to re-join the two golf courses.

Action 9 reporter Jason Stoogenke spent months trying to get answers from Bolnick on behalf of those golfers.

He never responded.

But at Wednesday's hearing for the lifetime memberships, Bolnick said members still have memberships to five of the seven golf courses.

The other two are in foreclosure, he said.

In other words, it is still up in the air. However, Bolnick did say he will speak with all of the lifetime members individually to discuss their specific situations if he has not already.