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Club Rio Rancho golf course sold to development firm

The 275-acre golf course property, previously held and operated as Club Rio Rancho, was purchased last week by an Albuquerque firm owner.

Josh Skarsgard of Skarsgard Firm and Retail Southwest Development bought the golf course and club house property on March 30 from Southwest Capital Bank, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

“We believe this property has unique historic, cultural and economic importance to the entire Rio Rancho community and we are working hard to meet with all the neighbors and stakeholders to plan its future in a collaborative manner,” Skarsgard’s statement said.

According to the news release, no specified use of the land was stated – Skarsgard will consider land use ideas from interested parties between now and May 1. Interested parties can submit ideas to

“We will not know what the future land use(s) are for the recently closed Club Rio Rancho property until we have completed our ‘listening tour’ and discussion with local residents, neighborhood associations, city leadership and local businesses,” his statement said.

In March, Skarskgard began holding meetings at City Hall with city officials and members of home associations and neighbors near the area to discuss future plans for the golf course.

The Club Rio Rancho property was previously turned over to Southwest Capital Bank in December, following former owner Jhett Browne’s decision to close the golf course and clubhouse. The clubhouse closure followed months of unpaid city water and waste water bills, with the city filing a $333,758.75 lien against the clubhouse for unpaid services.

City spokeswoman Annemarie García said the city is working with Skarsgard on a payment plan to pay off the property’s liens.