MEDFORD, Ore. — A local golf club is getting ready to close its doors for good. The Cedar Links Golf Course is planning to close on the 22nd and on October 1st, it will have a new owner.
After 41 years of service in Medford, the property will officially shut down. The Jantzer Family opened it back in 1972 as a nine-hole course, then added another 9 in 1989. Since 2005, the business has only allowed golfers to play on half the course.
The restaurant manager Kelley Jantzer says, at one point several years ago, they contemplated turning the property into real estate, but because of a difficult housing market, they decided to go back to just golf. During that decision-making time, several other golf courses popped up in the area.
“We’re probably one of the older courses and we have a lot more upkeep and maintenance that we have to work on because we are older and that definitely played a lot into our reasons for not wanting to be in the golf business anymore,” explained Kelley Jantzer.
On top of that, it’s been a labor-intensive job for the lean crew as of late. The company actually sold the property two months ago to Eric Artner and Wes Norton.
Jantzer says he assumes the new property owners will not operate this place as a golf course. He says all of the golf equipment didn’t go along with the deal, so he plans to sell the carts and everything else.
The city of Medford bought five and a half acres of the Cedar Links property to build a new park.