Forest Oaks Country Club remains closed

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Forest Oaks Country Club owners have brought in new managers to run the club on a temporary basis.

The managers have worked with the owner before and have experience managing golf courses, however they have not reached a formal agreement with owner Tadashi Hattori.

Attorneys are hoping to get permission from the bankruptcy court to allow them to reopen the club on Friday.

“Our position is that we own the course and we should be permitted to go in there and operate the course. Obviously, the main issue is maintaining the golf course itself,” said Peter Porcino, an attorney representing the club’s owner.

The news comes just two days after employees found a sign on the door explaining why the club was closed.

ES2 Sports & Leisure, the former management of the club, elected to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection.

“Effective April 15, 2014, Forest Oaks Country Club is closed until further notice,” the sign posted on the door read. “Further information will be available in the coming days via the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Please direct all questions to the appointed trustee.”

Employees who worked at the club and on ES2 Sports & Leisure’s payroll will have to file claims against the company if they did not get paid for work.

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