Couple sues golf icon Nicklaus over failed resort

Jun 23 2011 - 10:52am

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah couple is suing golf legend Jack Nicklaus over their purchase of a plot and membership in a $3.5 billion golf resort that fell into bankruptcy.

The Deseret News reported Thursday that E. Jeffrey Donner and his wife Judee of Fort Collins sued Nicklaus after saying he solicited them to spend $1.5 million to live on the 18-hole course.

Nicklaus' lawyer Jacque Ramos in Salt Lake City tells the newspaper that the golfer only designed the course for the proposed Mount Holly Club. She says the lawsuit has no merit.

The Donners are hoping for their initial investment plus punitive damages.

Developers who envisioned the 1,200-acre private resort in the Tushar Mountains filed for bankruptcy in July 2009.


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