Cordillera Golf Club settles legal dispute, plans sale – Denver Business Journal


 

New Media Editor- Denver Business Journal

Cordillera Golf Club LLC, an Eagle County golf and residential complex that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June, said late Wednesday that it had “completed successful mediation” in a legal battle with property owners and creditors.

Cordillera — which operates as the Club at Cordillera in Edwards, near Beaver Creek — also said that it has agreed to be sold by the end of the year. The settlement is subject to court approval, it said.

In a statement, Cordillera said it “has completed successful mediation with all major parties [in the dispute] including the Cordillera Property Owners Association (CPOA), the Cordillera Transition Committee (CTC) and the Official Creditors Committee (OCC).”

The mediation, it said, “has provided a framework for resolution of suits among membership and ownership over financial matters, dues structures, ownership rights and the future of the club facilities of Cordillera.”

Those facilities include three golf courses and a teaching course as well as an athletic club and three clubhouses with restaurants.

Cordillera has some 1,100 homeowners, several hundred of whom had joined in a class-action lawsuit against the club.

The dispute did not involve the adjacent Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, which is separately owned.

“I am happy that we were able to come to a resolution of disputes that have affected our homeowners, club members, the community and my family for more than two years,” club owner David Wilhelm said in the statement. “It’s time to move on in the most positive way.”

Under the settlement agreement, “the parties agreed that the club will be sold prior to year end 2012,” Cordillera’s statement said.

“It is expected that all cash bids for the operating assets for the club will be received by Dec. 3,” the statement added. “In the event of multiple bids, an auction will be held on Dec. 10 to select the highest and best bid. In the auction process, Cordillera will likely be sold as a single asset. The sale will close before Dec. 28.”

Cordillera in June filed for Chapter 11 protection after failing to reach “a mutually acceptable agreement with certain stakeholders in the community.”

The filing came in the wake of dueling lawsuits involving property owners and Wilhelm, with one issue being a decision not to open some of the club’s golf courses last year, according to Vail Daily coverage of the issue.

The Chapter 11 filing (download here) listed both assets and liabilities ranging from $10 million to $50 million.

 

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