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Fate remains unknown for D'Andrea
by Garrett Valenzuela
Mar 04, 2013 | 4053 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The D'Andrea Golf Course in east Sparks is in disrepair after nearly a year without water. The golf course sold a week ago to a Phoenix-based lending firm for $1 million.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The D'Andrea Golf Course in east Sparks is in disrepair after nearly a year without water. The golf course sold a week ago to a Phoenix-based lending firm for $1 million.
SPARKS — You don't have to be a golf professional to know that D'Andrea golf course in east Sparks is far from playable. Weeds litter the bunkers, dirt protrudes through the dwindling pond water and unwatered yellow grass is the overbearing sight.

The golf course was sold at auction a week ago to InSymphony Private Capital who secured the course with a $1 million bid. InSymphony is the same lending company that handed out $5 million to D'Andrea Golf Holdings to help pay for the management of the course.

The club closed in March 2012 after a homeowner's association vote prohibited a $28 fee increase to maintain the course. The course was shut down immediately following the vote due to unpaid balances in upwards of $4 million.

InSymphony has yet to speak out about its plans for the D'Andrea Golf Course, but members of the D'Andrea community remain uncertain about the future.

"I didn’t really move out here for the golf course," one resident said Friday while walking through the community. "But I think it does have an effect on our community. Not for me, but I would think some people don’t enjoy looking at it daily."

Jose Martinez, superintendent at Wild Creek Golf Course in Sparks, said Friday the winter season may not have taken as much a toll on the course as the summer. In maintaining Wild Creek, Martinez said winter is the time where finer details of the course get their attention.

"Preparation for the winter is to do the little things like benches, tees and get signs painted," Martinez said. "One of the most important things is being able to get water to the grass. If you can't get water there you're in trouble. Winter is not more difficult than summer. It is more of a catch-up time on the stuff that gets left behind."

Martinez said without visiting the D'Andrea course it is impossible to speculate on what would need to be done to rehabilitate the course. He said anyone who might be looking to return it to its playing state would need to evaluate "from tee to green" before going forward.

"The main problem they had was letting it go during the summer months, that is probably what was most brutal," Martinez said. "The winter will have some moisture but right now we are getting dry. When weeds come in on the greens that's when you really have issues because they infiltrate the drainage system."

Martinez said without assessing the course for himself it was too difficult to assess how much money would need to be shelled out to repair it.

The Sparks Tribune reported in February 2012 a decision by the Sparks City Council to shut off the water, and Community Services Director Neil Krutz said the City of Sparks could have worked out a deal to keep the water on if the club was willing to provide extensive upfront commitment.

Though InSymphony could not be reached, the company's website said the firm seeks investment in "income-producing properties in major growth industries." More than $22 million in loans for projects such as condominium and mezzanine development and acquiring several acres of land has been reported in the capital fund's recent deals.
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Frankie Fantastic
March 06, 2013
A dirty shame !! A beautiful course and really nice facilitys this could have been a great location for breakfast, lunch, dinner, functions but was so POORLY managed in all areas it was pathetic. For years I wondered why the location was not marketed more agressivly. I miss it, we used to take OOT visitors there until the food service deteriorated that it became an embarrasment. Too bad so sad.
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