• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

What happened to The Brook Golf Club?


THE BROOK GOLF CLUB, formerly Cabin Brook, which is located on the north side of Lexington Road, has seen better days. A pending sale between Frontier Nursing University and Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth, along with a lease that expired at the end of 2016, are reasons why the course remains closed. (Photo by John McGary)

Versailles City Council Member Ann Miller isn't happy about the state of one of the first things people entering Versailles on Lexington Road see: The Brook Golf Club, formerly Cabin Brook. "I think it's like any other property that we have in our community. When it is abandoned and attention is not being paid to it, then it raises a concern that tells us that there is something wrong," Miller said. "I think it's an amazing piece of property and it's an entrance into our ... city ..." The Brook Golf Club, a public course, is on property presently owned by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth, which has a sale pending with Frontier Nursing University. The course has been closed for a year, and weeds sprout from the parking lot and around the clubhouse. The Rev. Randy Coy, president and CEO of the Methodist Home, said a longtime lease with the operator of the golf course ended at the end of last year - after the sale to Frontier was announced. "Since the sale was pending, it didn't really make sense for us to renegotiate a contract with him, knowing that we were just going to be there six or eight months. We just let that lease expire and started the negotiations with Frontier ..." Coy said. A representative of Frontier and Coy both said they expect the sale to be completed next month. Coy acknowledged that the sale is a "little behind schedule," at least in part due to work not being completed on the Methodist Home's new home in Jessamine County. "Whenever a contractor tells you he's going to be finished or it's going to cost this much, you have to take that with a grain of salt," Coy said. "On a $9 million project, we still think we're doing pretty well." Coy said they hope to take control of their new facility by the end of August and begin moving in shortly thereafter, with an open house and dedication celebration scheduled for Sept. 9. However, it seems unlikely the golfers will be back on The Brook's links anytime soon. Frontier Nursing University's James Kelsey wrote The Sun, "We would like to find an operator for the (golf) course. We have explored some options but nothing has been finalized yet." In response to an emailed question about whether Frontier planned additional buildings on the rest of the 216-acre property, Kelsey wrote, "At this time we have no plans for constructing new buildings, although we will be renovating many of the existing buildings." Asked about plans for employees and classes, Kelsey wrote, "Our planned use of the campus remains consistent with the use case presented to the (Woodford County) Board of Adjustment in 2016." Meantime, Miller and others just want golfers back on the links as soon as possible. "I think it has amazing opportunities, and I look forward to whoever may move into it, and want to know if there's anything we can do to help them," Miller said. "I hate it that there have been faithful players in the Woodford County area, especially in Versailles, that have considered The Brook their home course. It turned out to be one of those decisions that, it wouldn't have been fair to (the former operator) or anyone else to get into a new lease and expect them to maintain and improve the course without some hope of staying there for a long time."

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