Defunct Louisa County golf course up for grabs

The old Shenandoah Crossing golf course sits on 131 acres about 65 miles west of Richmond in Louisa County. (Motley's)

The old Shenandoah Crossing golf course sits on 131 acres about 65 miles west of Richmond in Louisa County. (Motley’s Asset Disposition)

A defunct rural golf course between Richmond and Charlottesville is up for grabs as its ownership group – which includes a well-known local developer – hopes a buyer will bring it back to life.

The old Shenandoah Crossing golf course, which sits on 131 acres about 65 miles west of Richmond in Louisa County, will be offered for sale later this month in a week-long bidding process.

The course was built in the late 1980s in an area of Gordonsville anchored by a neighboring resort now owned by Bluegreen Vacations. It was shut down for play around 2012, and was put up for sale by an ownership group that includes Richmond developer Hank Wilton, formerly of the Wilton Cos.

The property is being sold in an accelerated process led by Richmond-based auction brokerage Motleys Asset Disposition Group. The sale begins May 18 and ends May 25 at 3 p.m. The opening bid is $50,000.

Motleys’ Tim Dudley, who is handling the sale, said the layout of the course’s 18 holes is still intact and the plan is to try sell it to someone that will want to restore the site as a working golf course.

“It’s a course that has a good layout, but hasn’t been played on for over five years, nor has it been maintained,” Dudley said.

“It is a great opportunity for someone in the golf business. The layout is there, the land is there. The clubhouse is there, but it needs to be mowed and kept up.”

In a message left Tuesday, Hank Wilton said the property has just been “sitting around,” so it was time to sell.

“Hopefully someone will pick it up and open it as a golf course again. It could be a good little golf course for a small operator. Our thought was BlueGreen should buy it and open it for their resort.”

Dudley said the proximity to the Bluegreen resort area, which includes cabins, a campground, a hotel and other amenities, makes it a destination course.

“It’s always been more of, ‘We’re going on vacation and while we’re here lets go play golf,’” he said.

Dudley said he’s received inquiries on the property already, mostly from prospective buyers interested in its potential as a golf course.

“It’s mainly curiosity at this point, people trying to get their facts in line to see what condition the property is in and whether it fits into their portfolio as a golf course.”

Shenandoah Crossing is one of several courses on the market around Central Virginia. East of Richmond, Traditional Golf Properties has listed for sale its Royal New Kent Golf Club and the Brickshire Golf Club in New Kent County, and the Golf Club at Stonehouse in Toano.

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