Bibb golf course under new management

The Fox Run Golf Course at the Barrington Hall subdivision is under new management.

Private Club Associates Inc., founded in 1986 by Ted Robinson of Macon, was retained as of Saturday to manage all operations at the golf club, according to an e-mailed newsletter from Private Club Associates.

“Yes, we did take it over,” is all Robinson would say Monday and referred other comments to CB&T Bank, which holds the loan on the golf club property.

The bank is expected to release more information in the coming days, a bank official said.

For months, club owner Ken Vincinus had been trying to work out a financial arrangement to keep the club open and maintained. He said in March he owed $1.8 million to CB&T Bank.

Fox Run was losing about $40,000 a month and Vincinus said in March it appeared to be headed for foreclosure this month.

Residents of Barrington Hall, a community of about 400 high-end homes in north Bibb County, began organizing in February an effort to try to keep the club open until a buyer could be found.

One of the resident organizers, Jim Huffstetler, said about 55 people volunteered to work on committees to try to keep the club open.

Huffstetler said he was happy Private Club Associates stepped in to manage the club.

“We are excited that we reached our goal in keeping the course open,” he said. “The future remains to be seen, but we’re happy that the course will stay open and remain operational. There is still a chance to save our property values and a chance for my kids to go swimming this summer.”

Vincinus said Monday, “I’m basically retired.

“In a less than ideal situation, we have struck the best balance that we could come to,” he said. “I, personally, have stopped the financial bleeding I was incurring. My employees still have a job to go to, my membership still has a club they can play at. The community ... now have new management in there as of the 17th so this should be good for the community. And the bank is not sitting on a piece of property that is going to go into disrepair while they find a new owner.”

The 18-hole golf course, formerly known as Barrington Hall Golf Club, was designed by renowned architect Tom Clark, according to the club’s Web site.

The golf course is the only semi-private course in the Middle Georgia area with Crenshaw Bent Grass greens.