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Chestnut Ridge Country Club To Close Nov. 20

The 240-acre Lutherville club filed civil suits against at least 40 of its former members for back dues.

The Chestnut Ridge Country Club has told its members that it will be closing its doors on Nov. 20 and has filed at least 40 civil suits against former members for past dues.

A notice sent Thursday to members in several areas throughout the county—including Owings Mills, Reisterstown and Pikesville—informed them of the exclusive golf resort's closure, according to sources familiar with the issue.

And the club is suing dozens of members who left at the same time in April. The civil suits range from $800 to several thousand dollars, online court records show.

A representative from Chestnut Ridge did not return calls from a reporter seeking comment.

Joel Smeyne, of Owings Mills, had been a Chestnut Ridge member for several years and said he received a letter on Thursday informing him of the club's impending closure. He left in April and is one of the dozens being sued by the club. 

“I’m sorry to see it close,” Smeyne told Patch Friday evening. “I enjoyed every minute there.”

Chestnut Ridge boasts on its website a "sprawling" 240-acre property. A representative of Wells Fargo, which owns the property, could not be reached for comment because of the Veterans Day holiday.

The club is located at 11700 Falls Rd. in Lutherville. It was established in 1957. 

Stay with Patch as we continue to update this story.


CORRECTION: The article incorrectly stated that the property would be liquidated on Nov. 20. Patch regrets the error.

Buzz Beeler December 01, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Bart, if someone accused me of lying, like RA, yes I will send him or anyone to it. My name is on everything I write because I feel strongly that if you make a statement on and issue you should stand behind it. It serves no purpose to send anyone to the site because it has no baring except to promote this site which is free. I have been accused of many things and the site serves to set the record straight. I have seen you get upset and you are not risking your reputation on anything. If someone attacks me, what do you expect me to do? I might agree with you if the clicks on the site meant money in my pocket but that is not the case. I blog on this site and people have a right to know the person doing the blogging. You have to remember I was running for office and at the time name recognition is paramount. If you choose to remain behind the scenes I have no issue with that. That is your choice. I refer people to the site like I did one time when someone accused me of not having worked for the Sun among other issues. You cannot tell me that you would sit back and allow someone to besmirch your reputation without defending yourself. I have never used the site on Patch to promote anything other than the truth and this site in general. Patch gave me an opportunity and I chose to help promote this site.
Bart December 01, 2011 at 10:47 PM
No one has ever besmirched my reputation. You just need to do whatever it is you need to do. Again: To each his own.
Buzz Beeler December 02, 2011 at 02:00 AM
I agree, but when someone continually states that I was fired, a draft dodger, calls me Buller and Bunker, a retard just to name of few of the slurs, it's time to take a stand. I would think under the circumstances you would do the same.
Mike Tanner October 16, 2012 at 09:53 PM
So now what are the chances of Chestnut Ridge reopening as a course now that the zoning won't allow alot of houses to be built there?
daniel Liggon October 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Would love to se CRCC reopen, great course and such a wonderful mix of people as previous members this should never have happened. I hope Anita is doing well


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