Possible new suitor for Fallbrook Golf Club

Brad Johnson, left, and Joan McConnell water a putting green at Fallbrook Golf Club after a recent sale of the golf course fell through. Concerned neighbors who want to see the golf course stay have been watering portions of the golf course in an effort to keep it green and presentable to potential buyers. Shane Gibson photo
Brad Johnson, left, and Joan McConnell water a putting green at Fallbrook Golf Club after a recent sale of the golf course fell through. Concerned neighbors who want to see the golf course stay have been watering portions of the golf course in an effort to keep it green and presentable to potential buyers. Shane Gibson photo

Fallbrook Golf Club owner Jack Lamberson said Tuesday (Aug. 9) that he was going to meet with a realtor that morning regarding a deal for the 116-acre property located in the Gird Valley.

“We’re still trying,” said Lamberson of his quest to sell the 18-hole course – a task he has been working on for more than two years. “We have a an interested party.”

Teresa Platt, the leader of “Save Fallbrook Golf Course,” saw the hopes of her group raised high and then dashed last month when what appeared to be a promising deal fell through. Despite the setback, she is still optimistic.

“We remain hopeful,” said Platt, who said Save Fallbrook Golf Course’s main focus has always been on trying to find a buyer for the course. “There are buyers circling. The issue is at what point does this asset become financially realistic, and at one point is Jack motivated enough to actually close a deal. That’s up to him.”

Platt said she sympathizes with Lamberson, who has repeatedly stated that he has being losing money since purchasing the course in June 2012.

“We’ve always supported this golf course – it just got over-capitalized,” said Platt. “Jack’s the last man holding the bag. I feel for him. We’re all praying for him and hope that it all goes well and that he makes a good deal.”

Platt said her main selling point to potential buyers is guaranteed support from the community.

“The thing we have going for us is there is enormous community support,” said Platt. “Whoever comes in here, if they keep it as open space, golf course, recreation, wedding venue, bar and restaurant – all the things we love – and if they put conservation easements on it, we will pay them a thousand times over. I am sure of it. Because we will thank them for saving this important property. It’s the cornerstone of Gird Valley, the anchor.”

Since the golf course hasn’t been watered since July 25 – the day before Lamberson, after not seeing any money, ended negotiations with potential buyer Harold Vaubel – some residents have taken it upon themselves to water greens near their homes.

“Some people have been out there with their sprinklers,” said Platt. “The greens are fading fast.”

Fallbrook Golf Course, closed since July 26, now resembles a ghost town. On Monday (Aug. 8) evening, the only signs of life occurred when a young man rode up on an ATV, picked up some golf balls that had been left on the practice putting green, pulled out a club that was strapped to the back of his vehicle, teed up a ball and took a swing. He then took a long gaze at the dried up surroundings.

“It’s sad,” said Brian Timmons, who lives less than half-mile from Fallbrook Golf Club and said he’d play the course weekly and hit balls on the driving range “a couple times a week.”

“It was one of the attractions we saw when we came here,” said Timmons, whose family moved to the area nearly four years ago. “It was a

good course to play. I’d like to see it get back to full swing.”

Timmons added that he is tired of hearing the course is “open and then closed,” and “sold and then not sold.”

“I just want a resolution one way or another,” said Timmons. “Either somebody buy it for a golf course, or somebody buy it and develop it. Do something, because it looks like crap right now and is an embarrassment.”

14 Responses to "Possible new suitor for Fallbrook Golf Club"

  1. fed-up   August 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Brian Timmons must be the ATV rider that races up and down Laketree Drive illegally on his off-road vehicle, coming down from his private drive, To go to the golf course!

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  2. Very sad   August 16, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Enough is enough it seems every time jack says someone is interested it alwways has a backstory. These comments are coming from a man who took a business that had a pretty good track record and destroyed it because he could. In business one buys something to make a profit not run it to the ground because he can and won’t listen to people who could have helped him. It is a blessing when someone is able to have their own business but to decimate it in a few years time is very sad. I played a lot of golf there as well as many of my friends and we watched as Jack ran it like a person who doesn’t know what he was doing and if he did he wasn’t very good at it. The closing of the course affected many people ,employees that were very loyal and loved what they did but most important he took away a place where people could meet locally and enjoy the way of life most of us moved to Fallbrook for. So good job Jack I hope you learned something from this other than its mine so I can do what I want which is true so maybe you should stay quiet until something is in writing before you make a quote to the paper.

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  3. Dusty   August 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

    It’s been a week since this article was posted, no announcement of a buyer.

    All we do know is the land, and the course, is drying out, that more coyotes and wild dogs have been seen on it, and that Jack’s new home in Mexico is quickly approaching completion.

    I suspect the lien holder is quietly moving a development company into position.

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  4. FallbrookDweller   August 16, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I am not a golfer, but aren’t there two other golf courses currently operating in Fallbrook? Golf Club of Ca in Southern Fallbrook and The Pala Mesa Golf Course. Why do we need three golf courses in this relatively small community? Why not develop the land or maybe turn it into a park that everyone can enjoy?

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    • Dusty   August 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Because it is privately owned and therefore has been difficult to persuade the current involved parties to forgo more lucrative sales options over something that would better serve the local community.

      Plus, remember, this was a golf course, local bar, driving range, and thriving restaurant once upon a time.

      Now it exists as an over-sized dog run as well as cautionary tale about what happens when a payroll company is put in charge of a golf course.

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  5. steve   August 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Jack is senile and one of the worst business men in town. The screwed up part is : Jack would sell the course cheaper to a developer then he would a golf course operator. This man is dark and has ZERO care for the community or any human for that matter. We will forever remember the course and JACK for DESTROYING IT.

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  6. Preston   August 18, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Steve, you seem to know more about what is going on than most, please enlighten us with how you know all this….

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    • Dusty   August 18, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Preston, I too have spoke to Jack and have been greatly disappointed at his lack of concern for the community. His decision making seems to be focused on how to get back all his investment, or at least as much money as possible, regardless of the lasting impact on the community.

      Add to it that he is quite open with the fact that he has a new home, in Mexico, under construction, due to be completed early next year, and he’ll be heading there ASAP to finish out the remainder of his years.

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  7. Preston   August 19, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Dusty, I am disappointed at the condition of the facility however being disappointed does not justify making comments about someone’s mental state or about their actions without the facts. Maybe everything being said is true but I have yet to see any documentation to back up the accusations. And by the way, I imagine most people would try to recover as much as possible from a poor investment, wouldn’t you?

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    • Dusty   August 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hey Preston,

      Well, if I purchased a large business that was woven into the fabric of neighborhood, literally surrounding peoples existing homes, I would understand that my success or failure. operating that business, is going to be felt in a much more widespread way than if I was operating a Subway franchise.

      And, if that business was to be unsuccessful (as this has been), and I decided to transform it into something else (Jack said ‘Garbage Dump’ would even be acceptable if the money was right) I would expect pushback from the local residents.

      His inability to understand how to make it successful business allows him to take the highest bidder who could case less about the surrounding homeowners? Seems a little naive…and selfish.

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  8. Boo   August 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Bottom line, it’s his property and he can do with it what he wants. If he wants to turn it into a garbage dump that’s his prerogative, and nothing you can do about it. If you don’t like it, buy it. I sympathize with the neighboring property owner, but nothing lasts forever and hopefully whatever happens there will be better then a neglected, run-down golf course, which is all it is now along with being an eyesore.

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  9. Concerned   August 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    It is my understanding that D-Day Capital now owns the note on Jack’s course. D-Day is associated with Beverly Hills attorney Ronald Richards, who has partnered in the past with developer and real-estate speculator Michael Schlesinger to purchase at least five golf courses, including the Escondido Country Club and Stoneridge Country Club in Poway. In some cases, the golf courses have been shut down while housing development has been pursued.

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  10. Preston   August 20, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Hey Dusty, I sympathize with your position and hope the best for the community but my comment has to do with insults, speculation and accusations that are not backed up with facts. If you have ever read any of my past comments you would know I live near by and believe this is one of the best places in the country to live. I also believe that in the near future we are going to enjoy a tremendous increase in values and the outcome of the golf course will be a major factor so I am as concerned as you on the matter.

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  11. SaveFallbrookGolfCourse.com   August 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    For details on the course, see SaveFallbrookGolfCourse.com. We especially recommend the FAQ section!

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