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10/20/2012 12:01:00 AM
Employees buy Quailwood golf course
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierA golfer tees off on the first hole at the Quailwood Greens Golf Course Oct. 1 in Prescott Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
A golfer tees off on the first hole at the Quailwood Greens Golf Course Oct. 1 in Prescott Valley.
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Fain Signature Group has sold the Quailwood Green Golf Course for an undisclosed amount to a couple who works there, Fain partner Jeff Wasowicz announced Friday afternoon.

The Fain Signature Group sold the course to Shawn Sullivan and Christy Tharp because the family-owned development company wants to focus primarily on developing the emerging "downtown" area, according to Wasowicz.

The company built the 18-hole course on 122 acres adjoining the Villages at Lynx Creek subdivision off Highway 69 in 1990.

Sullivan, the course's general manager at the time of the sale, said, "It was a good opportunity. We feel we can make it function better than most golf courses because we are going to be able to own and operate it."

Tharp, his girlfriend and a two-year employee, said, "We know the course pretty well."

The deal with Sullivan and Tharp closed at 2 p.m. Friday, Wasowicz said. Sullivan, 37, and Tharp, 36, will take over the course effective today.

Wasowicz declined to say whether the par-68 golf course was losing money.

However, he said, "golf is, anyone can attest, a tough business, especially in these trying times" when players have less disposable income.

The Quailwood course reported 28,000 rounds of golf played at the course as of Friday this year and 43,328 rounds in 2011, according to figures Wasowicz supplied.

Wasowicz said the Fain Signature Group listed the golf course for sale for a year, adding he believes Sullivan and Tharp will have an opportunity to showcase their customer service skills.

Sullivan said he plans to make improvements to landscaping on the course.

He formerly managed a restaurant for eight years, and Tharp worked there as well. Sullivan and Tharp have known each other since 1991 and graduated a year apart at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. They live in Prescott Valley and have four children.

They said they plan to honor existing one-year memberships at the course, which draws players from nearby and as far away as the Phoenix area.

The golf course has seven employees, including those working in the restaurant. The restaurant maintains the same hours as the golf course: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Article comment by: TO: Lyle Alzado

Did you vote in the last Council election??

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Article comment by: Minimum Wage

Just how much are they paying their employees that they can afford to buy a golf course??? Are they hiring? I'd like to buy a golf course.

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Article comment by: craig craigerson

What happens at the Wood, stays at the Wood.

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: @ Lyle Alzado

Amen to that brother !!

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Lyle Alzado

To anyone who has been involved with issues having to do with Prescott Valley, it is clear that most of the town council has no idea what they're doing. They have no background or credentials to do the job they were elected to do. The result is they vote the way their told to by L.T, and it is never favorable to the residents of the town.

The only solution is to vote out the mayor, jettison L.T. and unseat the rest of the council with people who have the education and experience to do the job correctly.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: I Have a Suggestion

While we are selling white elephants owned by Prescott, let us sell: all city parks, the library, the senior center, and all other recreational centers not turning a profit.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: @ to @ Prescott Valley Resident

WOW! Do you actually know how to read??

Show me where I "supported or defended" the Mayor and council?

What I did was point out to a yahoo that the Fains are no friends of Prescott Valley.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: to @ Prescott Valley Resident

So what you're saying is The Mayor and Council had nothing to do with, Tim's Toyota Center, The fair grounds, giving them our sales tax dollars and extending it for 10 more years. I guess all those things I saw and heard at the council meetings and have read in the paper were wrong. Thank you for setting us all straight. I guess you are a big fan of this Mayor and council we have here in Prescott Valley. If we don t vote the present ones out we will be watching our town and our tax dollars swirl down the toilet very quickly. It is funny how The Town officials stood up against a CYFD expenditure, but gladly pay the $1.5 million CFD for the Tim's Toyota Center. This is a case of the tail wagging the dog. Please don't post anymore uneducated comments supporting the Mayor and Town Staff and Council. Their voting record speaks for it's self. The Fain signature group, and Mayor and Council go hand in hand in this. To try to separate the two is just insane. Their voting record and you supporting it is insane.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: @ Prescott Valley Resident

You haven't lived here long have you? The Fain Signature Group - or the "family owned development company" as you called it, has existed long before this council - or any other for that matter - existed. It was the Fains that developed Jackass Flats and used to bus seniors up from the valley to be bombarded with a sales pitch about how this was going to be the "new Sun City". The Fains were behind the drive for Tim's and the Prison. You need to research before you spout off about things you obviously know nothing about.
This "family of ranchers" has been and continues to be the thorn in the side of Prescott Valley actually growing and becoming a thriving city.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Great Course

I love this course. I hope they keep the rates close to the same as it is the most affordable for lower income golfers. I wish the young couple the very best with thier new business.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Valley Resident

The family owned "Development company", is not a development company. They are ranchers, who saw an opportunity in Prescott Valley because of the unprofessional senior staff and the uninformed Mayor and council. The mess they created such as, the Tim's Toyota Center, the Fair Grounds, and wanting to put a Prison one mile from that golf course proves the point. So now they want to "develop" the downtown area, Let's see what the Mayor and council allow them to do to us again. A change in leadership is due.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Umcle Remus

Does anybody know who the golfer is in the photo? It's Red Jesus AKA Jamie Burns I'll bet.

Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Article comment by: Teed Off

Congratulations and good luck to the buyers.
Knowing Fain Signature Group, however, you doubt that anything of real value was transferred to them.

As Bucky says, the Prescott City Council
should act ASAP to rid us of the tax-eating
Antelope Hills operation. Sell it to any private
buyer willing to offer $1.50 and take this white elephant off the city's hands.

Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Article comment by: journalism question

Given the ages and occupations of the buyers, a journalist might ascertain whether the sale included the land, or the business only. In other words, real property?

Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Article comment by: Bucky O'Neill

Attention Prescott City Council: Please take note...

Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Article comment by: bill williams

isnt wasowicz part of the racetrack bankruptcy investigation?

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