BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Stan McDaniel and his friends gathered at the former Oaks at Sherwood Friday afternoon like they do every week. The gatherings that once centered on a round of golf are now limited to sitting on couches and chairs.
"We golf everyday about this time. When the course shut down we continued to hang out here you know because nobody else wants to be with us," said Tom Tubersing.
Ryan Dornier and his family purchased the property in October with the idea of making it into a multi-use tennis, fitness, and golf club ready to begin offering memberships within the next few months.
"Obviously we have the tennis courts available. We're talking to some people about the fitness equipment getting that in there and hopefully a driving range," said Dornier.
Dornier adds the ultimate goal will be to turn the 127-acre property into a championship level tennis facility with an operating golf course and while commercial development would be an option if the venture fails, he believes it won't come to that.
"I think this club was built in the fifties so it has a lot of age to it and you can't get anywhere else. It's in the middle of the city. We talked about that. It's like you have your own park in the middle of the city. It's very serene," said Dornier.
Stan and his friends desperately want to preserve the golf course which is why they plan on joining Dornier's club hoping they may soon be able to return to holding their get togethers on the greens instead of couches.
"We were very loyal to the course and loved every aspect of it. We spent a lot of time together and still do but obviously miss a lot of the other people," said McDaniel.
Dornier says he is hopeful the Legacy at Bonne Esperance will open for business June 1.