Roberts retiring from golf course management

Friday, December 9, 2011

From staff reports

While golfers can still play at Saddle Creek Golf Club, the owner has decided to make more time for his own play, he said, Wednesday, explaining he plans to announce a new manager next month.

"I'll probably have an announcement after the first of the year," Lewisburg resident Eddie Roberts said. "It is not closing. I am, myself, getting out of the golf course management business and someone else will be managing Saddle Creek.

"I'm at a point in my life to where I don't want to run a golf course," Roberts said. "I like playing golf and I like developing and making a living for my family.

Roberts' management of Saddle Creek Golf Club was "a temporary solution" after he bought the course, he said. Roberts never intended to be the permanent manager of the golf club. He will continue to own it, Roberts said.

Meanwhile, he's working on other development projects and advised his employees at his Roberts Toyota car dealership in Columbia that his daughter, Cackie Roberts Slater is the new manager. He will continue at the dealership as an adviser.

Asked about the golf course employees, Roberts said, the pro shop staff remains the same.

"It's business as usual. Memberships are honored," he said. "I will be participating in the development around the golf course and that will proceed as soon as I have an operator in place." He anticipated his next project will be "more diversified than what we have now and it will be more affordable, but that's to be announced later."