Wednesday, April 8, 2015

El Diablo Golf Club


This is the El Diablo Golf Course club house. Or it was. Some months back the club house burned and although you can't see the damage in this photo, the interior was ruined.

One day I played the course with some friends.  The club house had not been repaired and the course itself was in disrepair.  It is a very difficult course and none of us did very well.  So, naturally, we decided to try again.

When I called a few days later to reserve a tee time, I was informed that El Diablo had closed.  The owner had walked in that morning and shut down the entire operation. 

So far as I know it has not reopened nor are there any plans to do so.  And that's a real shame!

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

That's too bad!! But then I didn't know the devil played golf!!! Yes, I know, I'm being a smart ass! What can I say!! I'm sure you have another club anyway -- can't imagine that you'd do without golf!!!!

RedPat said...

I bet the insurance didn't come through enough for him to repair the damage. Maybe someone else will buy it and reopen the course and you can try again!

Judy said...

I guess that's the way it goes.....must have been a surprise for the employees.

William Kendall said...

At the risk of annoying golfers, what's one less golf course going to hurt?

Kay said...

This sounds like one unique situation where El Diablo and fire weren't a natural fit.

Linda said...

I find it very sad to see businesses shut down, Lowell, especially good ones, and ones that I have been a customer and enjoyed.

Your photo is lovely, it looks to have been a beautiful place.

Randy said...

I guess it was touched by the devil.

llandudnopictures said...

A shame indeed, must cover quite some acreage though... surely someone will come in to purchase it?

Halcyon said...

That is definitely a shame, although I don't think Florida is at a loss for golf courses. ;-)

VP said...

There are too many golf course over there?

Birdman said...

That'll teach 'em to mess with you!

magiceye said...

Looks beautiful!

Sharon Anck said...

I wonder if there were some economic issues at work. Here in Phoenix, there has been a bit of problem with golf courses closing. It's my understanding that at least 4 courses in the valley closed because they couldn't make ends meet. There have been all kinds of complaints from people who live near these places about fences, lack of fences, lack of maintenance to the course itself and other assorted issues around these vacant places. I live very near the Biltmore Golf course which is operated by Waldorf Astoria, the owner of the Arizona Biltmore Resort. That course seems to be doing quite well.

Small City Scenes said...

Looks like a nice place. Too bad it closed. Maybe the owner didn't have enough insurance to rebuild and care for the greens.
MB

EG CameraGirl said...

Hope it doesn't morph into a subdivision. That's what often happens here.

cieldequimper said...

I guess it's the work of the devil... :-)

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson