RIO RANCHO, N.M. — We were alarmed, although not really surprised, to learn of the fire at the former Club Rio Rancho clubhouse.
With the building sitting unused, except for trespassers committing crimes, something was bound to happen to it, unfortunately. We’re relieved no one was hurt and no nearby property was damaged.
Still, the destruction of the icon was a hard blow to many Rio Ranchoans for whom the clubhouse represents years of camaraderie and good memories. The fire wasn’t what anyone wanted, and it’s a shame it happened.
Developer Josh Skarsgard told us he still intends to revitalize the country club property. He also provided us with a copy of a letter he sent to City Manager David Campbell, offering to donate the golf-course portion of the land to the city.