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Offer of purchase placed on Hawk Ridge

By Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times

The Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club could have new owners next year.

"I can confirm that an asset offer of purchase is in place and will close in 2018," said Liz Summerfield, assistant director of operations at the Severn Township facility. "As you can understand, sometimes deals don't close, so there's nothing more I can say until that happens."

The golf club members have not been formally notified of the pending sale, but Summerfield said there has been "lots of chatter about it" in the pro shop. And while changes could be on the horizon, she said "it's definitely business as usual" right now.

She referred other questions to owner Peter Manna, who did not return calls to The Packet & Times by deadline. Manna is the son-in-law of Lou Orsi, who built the golf course, realizing a long-time dream of his friend Jack Hurl, on whose farmland the course was built. Manna purchased the course from Orsi almost 20 years ago.

Hawk Ridge was originally an 18-hole championship golf course. Over the years, it has expanded several times and the popular course across from the Orillia Square mall has grown to include two 18-hole championship courses and an executive par-three course.

The course, according to its website, is "situated on over 390 acres of abundant ponds, mature forests, bent-grass fairways and a lifestyle community that is second to none. Hawk Ridge offers seasonal membership, public players, tournaments and boasts a magnificent clubhouse with seating for up to 300."

The deal is expected to close in April.

david.dawson@sunmedia.ca

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