LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Golf Club has announced that it will be closing for good on Sunday, March 5.
"I want to thank all the members for their support over the last three years," Daniel Brent, the club's owner, said in a Facebook post.
The Country Club has roots dating back to the 1920s. According to a summary in "Land of the Little Angel," the club started out as a fishing only club under the name Lake Myriad Country Club. The club would add golf and other activities and change its name in 1939 to the Lufkin Country Club.
In 2014, a group of 38 stock holders sold the course because they felt like the investment to do the needed repairs on the country club was too much for them. Charles Arnold, a former country club board member, said the club was sold to Brent, and he would not disclose the purchase price. The deal was finalized in February of 2014.
Arnold was hoping the club could have stayed open.
"If I was still playing golf right now, that's where I would be," Arnold said. "I started playing golf 15 years ago, and I learned at the club. My kids and my family all played golf, and I made lots of good friends out there. We still see each other all the time. "
Arnold said the course instantly got him hooked to the game.
"It really is a hidden treasure," Arnold said. "In the spring time and the summer time when it turns green, it is just pretty. It is a fun course to play, Maybe note the hardest in the country but it is a fun, family place to play golf. You can make a bunch of bad shots then you make a good shot and you're like, "Boy I got this now, and I can go back and beat anyone in the world now. "
Arnold said he hopes that somehow the club could find a new owner and open back up.