The Tuolumne Band of the Me-Wuk Indians finalized its purchase of Mountain Springs Golf Court Friday, according to documents on file with the Tuolumne County assessor/recorder’s office.
The price was $900,000, according to county records.
In a press release Friday afternoon, the tribe announced a name change for the golf course: Teleli Golf Club, which means Black Oak in the me-wuk language.
The course has been closed since January for maintenance and repairs, manager Kim Daters said earlier this year. On Friday, the tribe said a date to reopen has not been set.
The tribe has contracted with Sierra Golf Management to operate the course. The announcement said the tribe’s goal is to make Teleli “a premier golf course in the Sierra Foothills.”
“Tuolumne Economic Development Authority, Inc., the Tribe’s economic development arm, is committed to investing the resources necessary to make Teleli Golf Club a worthy and notable addition to our Resort amenities, and a course that Tuolumne County will be proud of,” the press release stated.
No one from the Tuolumne Economic Development Authority was available for further comment on specific plans for the property.
SGM Inc., a Chowchilla-based company, owns nine Central Valley courses and provides oversight for several others.
SGM is owned by Jeff Christensen, a PGA professional since 1984 who has a home in Twain Harte. Neither Christensen nor his wife, Kim, who is a co-founder of the business, could be reached for comment.
The Lime Kiln Road facility, an 18-hole course designed by landscape architect Robert Muir Graves, opened in 1990. Besides the course, the facility includes a driving range, clubhouse and pro shop.
The course was intended to be the focal point of a residential development of first 2,000 homes, later reduced to 600, on about 1,000 acres. The development was never built due to opposition in the community.
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