Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will sell you his course for $1.6 million
College basketball coaches are known to dabble in outside golf-related businesses -- even if they don't always turn out to be the wisest investments, like UConn coach Geno Auriemma's in bankrupt Back9 Network.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes sunk some of his cash into the semi-private Brookstone Meadows Golf & Country Club in Anderson, South Carolina. It probably looked like a better investment when he was coaching at Clemson, 20 miles away, versus the 200-mile drive from Knoxville.
Now, he's listing the Tom Jackson design for sale, for $1.6 million. The 6,685-yard layout has bentgrass greens, Bermuda fairways, a complete practice area and a 6,000-sqft clubhouse with bar and shop. Memberships start at $150 per month, and daily fee golfers can play for $45 on weekends and $36 during the week.
The course is located off I-85 about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte. It's an easy 90-minute drive to Augusta, and close to Athens, home of the University of Georgia
The listing says the price has been reduced, and that Barnes is a motivated seller. That sounds like there's plenty of room for negotiation. No matter what you pay, Barnes would probably throw in a signed basketball and a couple of tickets to a Volunteers game. Go full stroke and you could probably get him to come play in your first member-guest as the new owner.