April 1, 2013
I had a dream…
Marriott International Timeshare Properties announced April 1st that it has agreed to purchase the bankrupt Escondido Country Club 18 hole golf course and all of its facilities from Stuck In The Ruff LLC, a Beverly Hills real estate investment and development company.
Marriott representatives said they were excited to have acquired the facility and that they plan to renovate the golf course and build up to 175 time share units along with 80 hotel rooms with convention, restaraunt and recreational amenities on the property.
"We have been looking to increase our presence in North San Diego County to give our owners better access to the awesome weather and recreational and entertainment opportunities that are available year-round in this area" said one of the Marriot representatives." Being close to so many ammenities, the San Diego Safari Park, the Escondido Center for the Arts, San Diego Gaslamp District, the beaches, even the wineries of Temecula, Rancho Bernardo and Ramona! It just makes sense. And to be able to get a great 18 hole golf course too, well, it was just a no-brainer!"
Marriot Corporation is the largest time share operator in the world, and feels that the year-round avarage temperature of 72 degrees will be a huge attraction to Northern States members, as well as world wide members who need to escape from cooler climates.
Once we have fully developed this property, we will have a first class destination resort with a full array of attractions.
The Beverly Hills developers Stuck In The Ruff LLC had planned to build nearly 400 homes on the property so former Escondido Country Club members were somewhat relieved just to know that the green belt and wildlife habitat would not be destroyed by the Marriott project. Some expressed concerns that Marriott would price the green fees out of the reach of the locals, or worse yet, make tee times available only to timeshare owners and hotel occupants.
" We expect to work closely with the golf course community residents. We want to be good neighbors and be seen as an asset to the community. Guests would not feel comfortable were the homeowners along the course hostile to our presence," Marriott reps said.
That made Country Club community members feel much better after they had witnessed the closing of the facility and the plans to start constructing a housing tract in it’s place were looking more and more like a giant nightmare.
Then I woke up…..