As Yogi Berra said, " It's like Deja Vu all over again!"
Here are some excerpts from Vellano Greg Norman Signature Golf Course homeowner Mike Konrad's website VictoryForVellano.com. I hope he is OK with me sharing his story but the eerie similarities are just too stark to ignore.
"In February 2017, WGP (Western Golf Properties) purchased the Vellano Golf Course, located in Chino Hills, CA. WGP publicly stated their intent to invest in the golf course and restore the golf course back to a private club. WGP’s CEO Bobby Heath solicited memberships from the public promising increased services and improved conditions. At the same time, WGP began to meet with developers to build homes on the golf course property.
By mid 2017, just a few months after purchasing the golf course, WGP met with the Vellano HOA Board of Directors indicating the golf course was losing money and they need to redevelop the golf course into residential homes. Bobby Heath informed the Vellano HOA Board that the Vellano Golf Course was purchased for its land development potential, seemingly contradicting his assertion that they hoped to return the course back to its former championship status."
That is when 'Victory For Vellano' was formed…
"Victory for Vellano’s purpose is to resist the scorched-earth policies of WGP's Bobby Heath and Michael Schlesinger by informing the public of Bobby Heath’s and Michael Schlesinger's behavior and holding them to account. Additionally, Victory for Vellano will work closely with the City of Chino Hills to ensure the city forces WGP, Bobby Heath, and Michael Schlesinger to obey all city ordinances and laws. The City of Chino Hills has informed Victory for Vellano that WGP, Bobby Heath, and Michael Schlesinger are currently violating city ordinances and laws, and have violated the Vellano Golf Club's Conditional Use Permit (conditions of development) required by the City of Chino Hills.
The City has indicated the golf course owners have violated the conditional use permit established prior to the golf course construction. The City of Chino Hills has informed the golf club that they are violating the Conditional Use Permit and has directed the golf club to restore maintenance including watering the golf course property and to remove the illegal fence.
The attorney for the golf course today demanded that information contained in this website be removed and threatened the HOA if information contained in this website was not removed. The Vellano HOA will continue to provide accurate and timely information to its members even in the face of threatening and bully tactics by the golf course.
Truth always wins."
Notable statements made by golf club owners:
- Golf club was purchased for development of homes
- Threats to close the golf course and build a fence around it
- Owner states "all the grass dies, all trees die"
- Owner states the property can remain closed for 20 years or more