The sale of a nine-hole golf course is on hold thanks to a lawsuit filed last month in Lewis County Court.
The lawsuit filed by the River Valley Country Club Inc. against Brinkley Sports Management seeks to block the sale.
In the complaint, the country club says that a 2007 sale agreement included a promise that owner Allen Brinkley would maintain the property as a golf course for a minimum of eight years.
"The contract further provided that defendant would not operate the business or use the real estate for any purpose other than as a golf course for a period of (eight) years from the closing date," the lawsuit filed Dec. 11 states.
to read the lawsuit documents.
The lawsuit also says that Brinkley wasn't seeking the full market value for the golf course and that the country club's membership was more interested in seeing the golf course improved.
In the fall of 2013, Brinkley said he would no longer maintain the golf course and that he intended to cease operations after the 2013 golf season.
The country club entered into the contract for sale on Aug. 21, 2007. As part of the agreement, the county club conveyed all of its assets to Brinkley. In exchange, Brinkley would pay more than $120,000 in debt obligations owed to the Bank of Monticello.
The plaintiffs are seeking a halt of the sale, plus court costs.
The course was open to the public after Brinkley's purchase. It also hosts private outings and is the home of the Culver Stockton College and Canton High School golf teams. Jason Wallingford is the internet broker on this listing.
Jason Wallingford, the internet broker for the sale, declined to comment citing the pending lawsuit. Brinkley could not be reached for comment.
River Valley Country Club attorney Jules DeCoster did not return phone calls seeking comment.