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Country Club Members Are Bearing the Brunt of the Golf Recession

  • With courses closing around the U.S., the rules are changing
  • ‘That is the reality, and it’s based in good business sense’
The Ocean Course
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Across the verdurous fairways of the New Seabury Country Club lies a golfer’s utopia, with stirring ocean views and osprey racing overhead. Inside the clubhouse lurks rebellion.

Members are suing the Carl Icahn-owned resort on Cape Cod, accusing managers of scheming to raise fees and call a halt to refunds on millions in initiation payments. The plaintiffs are also angry about what they describe as strong-arm tactics and cold indifference to attempts to broker compromise.