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Land O'Lakes golf course listed for sale

Published Aug. 27, 2014

LAND O' LAKES — After the once-upscale Plantation Palms Golf Club closed in April, homeowners and real estate agents alike expressed frustration as the golf course became overgrown.But there may be good news coming soon: the course has been listed for $1.2 million by a Lutz realty firm.

Real estate agent Rob Rochlin said the property is being listed as a short sale, meaning that it will require third-party approval from Native American Bank in Denver, which holds the mortgage. The bank did not return calls for comment.

"The bank and the other lenders are going to have to take less than they are owed," he said.

Rochlin said he's has received three offers so far.

In 2011, Mitch Osceola, Jayson Ray and Steve McDonald purchased the 156-acre course under the corporate name MJS Golf Group LLC. At one point, the company owed Pasco County $83,000 in back taxes. According to county records, five liens have been filed against the company this year.

After the property closed, some residents sent complaints to Pasco County's code enforcement division, fearing that the course's tall weeds would drive property values down. Code enforcement issued a warning giving MJS Golf Group two weeks to clean up the course and received no response.

After putting up a sign near the golf course advertising it for sale, Rochlin said he started receiving calls from frustrated residents looking for someone to hold accountable. He stresses that he feels optimistic about the future of the club.

"I have nothing to do with that golf course not being open," he said. "I didn't cause this. I'm trying to help this."


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