SUMMERVILLE — A golf and tennis club that had been seeking a buyer since 2016 has changed hands under a deal with an Arizona company.
Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club was sold to Summerville Real Estate Group LLC of a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company for $2.8 million on Oct. 11, according to Dorchester County land records.
The deal includes the 18-hole golf course, the club house, tennis courts and pool.
The club, which is off S.C. Highway 61, is about 30 miles north of Charleston. The club was voted the 2010 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association and the 2012 South Carolina Tennis Facility of the Year by the Southern Division of the U.S. Tennis Association.
The sale was a bittersweet moment for Jim Chickarello, the golf club’s managing partner for the past 15 years.
“We will miss it,” Chickarello said. “We have a lot of great memories from the club, and it was an important part of my life and my family’s life. We will miss all the people that we met over the years.”
Chickarello decided to sell the club after his family relocated to Charlotte in 2019.
“We were at that point in our lives when we wanted to step back and think about retiring,” Chickarello said. “It was time for someone else to take over the reins.”
The course was originally constructed in the 1970s and then went dormant for several years before reopening in 1994. Chickarello and wife, Kathy, purchased it in 2006.
Chickarello said the club was never “officially” for sale in a conventional sense.
“We had an understanding with several brokers that were familiar with the golfing community,” Chickarello said. “It was known that we were open to sell it if the offers were right.”
The club’s website says the greens at the semi-private, Scott-Pool-designed course were replaced in 2014, and the 161-acre property includes a pool and four hard-surface tennis courts.
Legend Oaks has about 1,300 homes. Several other communities are being developed nearby.
“We think the growth potential will be very, very solid over the next 10 years,” Chickarello said of the surrounding area. “The club is very healthy financially. We had record levels of membership and a record number of rounds played on the course over the past year. It’s a great buy for the new ownership group.”
Summerville Real Estate Group could not be reached for comment about its plans.
Mike Ashton, who previously was general manager at golf courses at Rivertowne and Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, will serve in a similar capacity at Legend Oaks.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get the lay of the land,” Ashton said. “This is a great golf course, with a great reputation. It’s a great opportunity for me and my family.”