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Longley Jones has option on local golf course

— Ever since January we’ve been hearing that the Liverpool Golf & Public Country Club was being sold to a prominent local real-estate developer.

In fact, Longley Jones has a purchase option on the property. Purchase options normally give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy at a predetermined price.

The par 71 18-hole golf course at 7209 Morgan Road has been owned and operated by the Ajemian family since 1947. Earlier this month, brothers Ron and Richard Ajemian, worried that golfers might think the place is closed, publicly declared that the course and the country club remain open for business.

“The misconception is we are closed, but we aren’t,” Ron told a reporter.

Not only are the links ready for play, the banquet room, the driving range and Tiger Links, the six-hole short course, are all staffed and swinging.

Word is that Longley Jones hopes to turn the fairways and greens into an apartment complex or condominiums. The firm’s president, E. Carlyle Smith, said “it’s too premature” to talk about the transaction.

The Ajemians maintain that nothing will change unless Longley Jones exercises its option, which expires Oct. 31.

Third-generation Ajemians now add their energies to the family biz. Richard Ajemian’s daughter, Stacey, is director of special events. Ron and Richard’s nephew, Stephen Schmitt, is director of special projects.

Will Stacey and Steve be looking for jobs elsewhere next year? Will Liverpool duffers be driving further afield to tee off? Only time will tell…

Meanwhile, Liverpool Golf & Public Country Club remains open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its clubhouse has a big ballroom for wedding receptions or banquets. A cathedral ceiling hovers over the room’s hardwood dance floor, and visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the golf course through picture windows or by wandering out onto the veranda. A carefully landscaped garden functions as a beautiful backdrop for photographs. The clubhouse features a full-service snack and beverage bar.

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