Fallbrook Golf Club saga continues

The saga of Fallbrook Golf Club continues.

As of the deadline for this article (Tuesday,  Aug. 23), negotiations that began Aug. 9 between golf club owner Jack Lamberson and a realtor were still continuing. Lamberson had said on Aug. 16 that, “hopefully by this time next week we’ll have something really solid.”

While multiple attempts to reach Lamberson by phone for this article were unsuccessful, the Village News did speak with Lamberson’s wife, Bonnie, on the morning of Aug. 23.

“Nothing’s changed,” said Bonnie, who was then asked if that meant they were still negotiating with the same party. “We are. It’s a delicate situation.”

Meanwhile, there could be a new player in this story. Paul Goldring Garrett, who has been involved in all facets of real estate for more than 50 years and serves as chairman of Temecula-based The Garrett Group, said on Aug. 22 that he planned to contact Lamberson for an “exploratory” conversation.

“I live out here and driving by there, it’s a pretty view,” said Garrett, a Fallbrook resident who has a home off Reche Road. “It (the golf club) was kind of an institution, and we’ve gotten used to having it here. It’s part of the backdrop. I was hoping that someone would keep it going. So far, no one’s come up. I thought to myself, ‘well, what are the outlines?'”

Garrett was hoping to contact Lamberson on Aug. 23.

Stay tuned.

4 Responses to "Fallbrook Golf Club saga continues"

  1. Dusty   August 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I believe, by next Wednesday, that Jack will be in default, due to his delinquency on loan payments, to the extent that the bank (Ron Richards) will then be legally allowed to foreclose.

    So, the door for Jack to sell to someone directly is likely about to close…just like the water valves did so many weeks ago.

  2. SaveFallbrookGolfCourse.com   August 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

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  3. JD   August 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Unfortunately, the note holder is the guy (group) that sits on these closed courses while trying to change zoning to development. So if/when this goes to foreclosure, we are in deep trouble, and the likelihood of getting a new owner to run a golf course is zero, in my opinion. Seeing the course lately, ( I am a local ) it would take millions now to restore it. Do you think the current potential buyer is thinking about spending that? I doubt it. The Real Estate Wolves are circling.

    • Dusty   August 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Yep, JD, you are indeed correct.

      Jack pointed out, in recent conversation, that one of the other two local courses that went to development (forgot whether it was Escondido or Bonsall) was “zoned agricultural, with a golf course overlay”. He then pointed out that the Fallbrook Golf Course has the identical designation (and therefore could be easily rezoned to allow development).

      Tomorrow is the last day of the month…unless I hear something about “New owner closes deal, would like to run it as a golf course” I think the best we can hope for is the back 9 going to development and the front 9 either being golf course or preserved as open space. Also, one hopes that the existing bar/patio/restaurant would been taken over by someone capable of knowing the locals are ready to embrace a great neighborhood eating and drinking establishment.


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