Pine Hill Golf Club has new owner

Posted May 13, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.

It’s been a long time coming, but after four years on the market and almost two months spent lining up the terms and final details of a sale, Pine Hill Golf Club has a new owner.

Pam Foss — who has owned the course with sister Candice Morrill and brother Bob Little Jr. the last eight years — confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that the course, which father Bob Little Sr. built and opened in 1962, has been sold to Jim and Kathy Gero of Rockwall, Texas.

“They live just outside Dallas, but he grew up in the area and has family here, so he was looking for a piece of land to build a house,” said Foss. “And he also happens to be a golfer.”

Foss will continue to operate the golf club through a two-year lease agreement with an option for a third year.

“We’re still open and may possibly be open even longer than two or three years,” Foss explained. “He’s building a house, so it all depends on where the house is located. I think they want to put it down by our pond, which is near our fifth green. It’s a par 3 and if it goes there, that wouldn’t impact the layout of the course.

“In the meantime, there are no changes and it’s business as usual.”

Foss, who plans to work at the course she’s worked at every year except one since 1965, said it feels like a weight is off her shoulders.

“It is because now the money goes in the bank and this is my retirement,” she said. “I’m looking at two years because I’d like to retire and actually play some golf instead of working and watching everyone else play.”

The 75-acre course straddles the Brewer-Orrington town line. The Brewer portion is assessed at $133,000 for the land and $260,900 for the building and improvements, according to Foss. The Orrington land is assessed at $47,100. In all, the land for sale amounted to 125 acres.

The property has been for sale since 2005, but Foss said her family had received only two other serious offers over the years. The initial asking price was $950,000, but was reduced to $650,000 more recently.

Foss wouldn’t reveal the final purchase price, but did say it was closer to $600,000 than $500,000.

Little’s children decided to sell, according to Foss, for a couple reasons.

“My father owned it and when he passed away [2001], my brother, sister and I took it over,” Foss explained. “It’s been kind of tough with the three of us wanting to run it different ways. Plus, I was thinking about retirement and neither my sister or brother had much interest in running it.

Foss said the sale, which was expected to be concluded in April, took awhile to be finalized.

“We were supposed to close about a month ago, but there were little things that kept cropping up before we could close on the sale,” she said.

Foss said she’ll miss the daily interaction with customers

“I’ve been working here since I was in high school. I think I only missed one year, when I was working in a cubicle job and I hated it,” she recalled. “I like working with the public. A lot of people don’t, but I do. I also like the fact I’m not stuck in one spot. I work inside and outside. You’re always on the move.”

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