WHITE LAKE — The sounds of a far-off “fore!” and the sights of a high-five following a good shot and the casual walks up a perfectly manicured fairway to a ball gently resting pin high on a smooth green are over in White Lake. At least for now.
After 52 years, Carolina Sands Golf Course — originally opened in 1962 as White Lake Golf Course before the name was changed in 2000 — was recently recently closed by owners Don and April Britt, who bought the facility in 2008.
According to published reports, the couple has filed for bankruptcy and the golf course was sold at a foreclosure sale on the front steps of the Bladen County Courthouse on March 28. According to documents, a real estate investment trust out of California — which also held the lien on the course — submitted the high bid of $593,000.
It’s the second time in its history that the course, located along U.S. 701 North, has been closed to the public.
Modular home mogel Ted Parker of Robeson County purchased White Lake Golf Course in 1999 and immediately closed the property for extensive renovation. That closure lasted more than a year before the course was reopened under its new name in 2000.
The closure this time not only has caused the local high school golf teams to play their home matches elsewhere, but comes just as the busiest portion of the year is about to begin. But there are rumors that a local group of businessmen who are considering the purchase of Carolina Sands. However, because of the bankruptcy and foreclosure issues, all the legal red tape must first get sorted out.
Carolina Sands is a 6,925-yard, par 72 course designed by William C. Byrd.
The Britts are also the owners of Land O Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville.