With the recent addition of the upstairs event room at Brick Landing Plantation it seemed to be the perfect time to look back at how far Brick Landing has come.
From the time of its new ownership to now has been a great journey for both the community and everyone involved with the process. It all began with a vision from Larry Doyle who successfully turned around Olde Point Golf Course in Hampstead, North Carolina.
Fresh asphalt and paint in the parking lot indicate a rebirth. Cart paths on the 35-year-old golf course have been repaved, maintenance equipment upgraded and more Paspallum seed has been laid on the greens.
A New York developer promised immediate improvements to Olde Point Golf and Country Club when he bought it in late May, and he’s delivered, down to the pencils on the carts.
Read the Full Star News Article: New owner of Olde Point Golf and Country Club delivers on promised improvements
Larry did not stop there and the constant improvement keep the members coming back Olde Point. When members and patrons of Brick Landing Plantation heard that Larry Doyle and his asset management company has purchased the Brick Landing property they hoped they would get the same Doyle treatment.
It was going to be a challenge to revive the course. At first the community was skeptical, they had been made big promises in the past and the course was just in horrific shape due to negligence.
Brick Landing became a ghost of a golf course. By June, weeds and saplings grew everywhere. The once beautiful complex was going back to nature. Foxes and snakes and a family of otters took up residence. The deer population thrived.
Many hopped a purchaser would appear that cared about the future of the entire course, clubhouse and the residents that call Brick Landing Plantation home. This man appeared.
Brick Landing was for sale. An auction took place and it fell through. Finally, a white knight named Larry Doyle bought it.
According to Ken Horton, president of the Homeowners Association, “Carolina Bank served us well. They had several offers to buy Brick Landing, but they found a buyer who would look to the best interests of the community. They could have sold it off in bits and pieces but they kept the clubhouse and the golf course together because they felt it was the right thing to do. They thought of this as a community and not just a bottom line.”
Larry was quoted with his thoughts at the time.
“I saw Brick Landing as an economically good opportunity,” he said. “It’s a beautiful property, a fabulous course with Intracoastal views. Ocean Isle Beach is minutes away; Brunswick Community College is just up route 17. I like to buy economically challenged real estate and turn it around. We did that with our first golf course, Old Point, just north of Wilmington. The investments I make today are not for me, but for my grandchildren. My wife and I are in it for the long-term.
“We like the feel of a small community. At Old Point, the members and residents were beating the doors to bring in members and make it thrive. It’s all coming together up there and it will happen here.”
Read the Full Brunswick Beacon Article: Happy Faces: Brick Landing is Renewed (Again)
Brick Landing Plantation has really begun to have an identity all of its own. With individuals traveling from all over to spend an afternoon on the golf course or sit on the porch and enjoy Sunday brunch, the change is obvious.
Now with the new event room set to host its first wedding in a matter of weeks, the future of Brick Landing looks bright. Couples from all over the state are choosing to have their special day at Brick Landing. 2014 already is booking up fast, so if you want to take advantage of the refreshed clubhouse book soon!
Check back soon for wedding updates that will showcase our new addition.