Augusta Area Golf Club changes hands, new ownership plans for pub

EVANS, Ga. — The Bartram Trail Golf Club in Columbia County, which is about 20 minutes from perhaps the most famous golf course in the world — Augusta National — is under new ownership.

Jason Page, who also operates a local roofing business, applied to the county in May for a liquor license for the club, which the Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved at its meeting on Tuesday.

The club‘s website listed Page and his wife, Debbie, as the new owners of the facility as of May 28. The legal name of the company applying for the license is Floors 360 Inc., doing business as Bartram Trail Golf Club.

The club’s new manager is Bill Fumai, who joined Bartram Trail as a professional golf assistant in 2017, after managing the Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Fort Gordon for several years.

The new owners plan to renovate the Bartram Trail clubhouse into a “pub,” its website says, among a list of planned changes to the facility that are expected to come into effect by the fall. Other club changes mentioned on the site include course upgrades, tree removal to add up to 25 parking spaces, pro shop expansion, and new EZ-GO golf carts.

Ownership of the club has changed hands more than once since it opened in 2005.

In 2002, Columbia County commissioners approved the creation of a nonprofit community development corporation, Bartram Trail CDC Inc., to develop and operate the club. The incorporation enabled the developers to secure $9 million in funding backed by the United States Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Loan Guarantee Program.

In 2016, faced with foreclosure, the group of investors became insolvent and a new group of owners, Bartram Trail Investors LLC, purchased the club.

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