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BATON ROUGE - A group of investors hope to raise enough money to reopen the Oaks at Sherwood golf course.

A father and two of his sons, the Dorniers, purchased the 127 acres of land in 2013. They opened a tennis center and planned to reevaluate the golf course for other uses.  But, Hen Nguyen approached them with an interest to open the golf course.

Nguyen agreed to raise the money with the help of potential investors to fix the course.

The course, though not used for golf, is still maintained but the owners believe the irrigation needs to be checked. They believe it will cost about $500,000 to bring golf back to the course. A group of about 25 investors have already raised about $100,000.

"The reason that golf course will work is where it's situated," said investor Scott Wilsong. "There's no golf course within about five miles of that."

The face of golf in Baton Rouge has changed drastically in recent years. Three clubs, Fairwood Country Club, Shenandoah Country Club, Briarwood Golf Club, all shut down. There is even problems at public courses.

BREC hired a consulting firm to evaluate each of its seven. The National Golf Foundation said BREC had too many courses and two should close.

LSU is also evaluating the future of its course.

The changing golf world in Baton Rouge is something the investors and land owners see as an opportunity.

"There's a little bit less competition now," said Randy Dornier Jr. "I'm not an expert but a lot of people have said the area is over-saturated with golf and with the possibility of up to three more courses closing this year, maybe the market's not so saturated anymore."

The investors said the course will open with a mix of private membership and public play and be called The Legacy.

There is a meet and greet with the land owners at the old golf course club house Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.


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