LA QUINTA, Calif. — After years of bankruptcy proceedings for a previous owner left the future of their golf course in flux, homeowners from the Trilogy community area have overwhelmingly voted in favor of purchasing the 229-acre course and an adjoining restaurant.
Residents from the Trilogy at La Quinta Maintenance Association supported the roughly $6.17 million purchase — plus costs for course upgrades and other facility renovations — during its latest membership meeting, with roughly 88 percent of those who voted backing the move, according to results released Monday.
The vote brings an end to a period of uncertainty brought by lengthy court proceedings for the course’s previous owner. Operating as the Coral Mountain Golf Club, the course had been closed since September 2022, when parts of it were subject to foreclosure proceedings, while the restaurant was shuttered the same year.
“It’s just in extremely rough shape, barely looks like a golf course, and we’re looking forward to getting back into the kind of condition that it was in when the Skins game was hosted here,” Mark Reider, president of the TLQMA board of directors, said in an interview.
Now, with plans to reopen later this year, the course will get a second life under its previous name, Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta, as it was known when it was the site of the annual PGA Skins Game from 2003 to 2006, which featured the likes of golf legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The golf course at Trilogy has been snared in legal troubles in recent years. The property has multiple owners and parts of it, linked to a man named Thomas Brown, have been involved in bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings since 2020, according to public records.
In 2015, Brown partnered with an investor named Richard Cushman to purchase the Coral Mountain Golf Club and operate it under a newly formed company called CBGM Inc. But some transactions, including Brown taking out hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans against the parcel surrounding the course’s first hole, were disputed by Cushman, leading to a protracted legal battle. A bankruptcy case for CBGM Inc. concluded in late 2023.
Another company registered to Brown, TTBGM Inc., owned the course’s Bistro 60 restaurant, the “cart barn” and a parking lot. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2020, kicking off…