Customers of Lakepoint State Park,

Over the past decade the Sanctuary Golf Course at Lakepoint State Park has experienced declining play and related diminishing revenues.  In conjunction with national changes in golf as a sport, and the competitive circumstances associated with having two new Robert Trent Jones courses within a one-hour’s drive, the probability of our course securing enough play to financially break-even is low.  Two golf courses in the Columbus area recently closed, and two more there are slated to close in the near future.  We believe this demonstrates that the challenges we have faced in maintaining a profitable golf operation are not unique to our one course at Lakepoint State Park.

This past month we advertised the bid opportunity for the course as a potential concession operation hoping that we might secure a new partner to manage and operate the course under a 12 year contract.  We also initiated a direct mailing of our bid packages to 26 golf management firms.  Despite this effort, we received no bids. 

Over the past year we have inquired with local government leaders about the possibility of the course being taken over by the City of Eufaula.  While some municipalities operate public golf courses, this does not appear to be a viable consideration for them at this time.

Based on our present financial circumstances associated with the transfer of $30 Million from the Conservation Department and State Parks to the State’s General Fund over the last five years, the recent history of play on the course, and the outcome of our recent efforts to outsource management of the course, we believe we have no other present option but to close the course.  This effort, while difficult, will save us about $125,000 per year in losses and other expenses, and assist Lakepoint State Park in achieving a profitable operation for FY2016.

It is our intention to close the course as of November 30th, 2015.


Gregory M. Lein

Picturesque Lakepoint Resort State Park is located on the banks of the 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, also known as "The Bass Capital of the World." Lakepoint offers a variety of amenities such as an 18-hole championship golf course, full service restaurant and lounge, marina, hiking trails, modern campground, swimming complex, tennis courts and playgrounds.  
Hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, wildlife and bird watching, camping, dining, golf, swimming pool, and picnic areas and playgrounds. 
The showpiece of the park is Lakepoint Resort Lodge and Convention Center. Accommodations include 101 hotel rooms. Each room is beautifully furnished and includes a 32-inch flat screen television, a small refrigerator, coffee pot, iron and ironing board and a hair dryer.
In addition to the lodge rooms, Lakepoint offers 29 cabins and 10 lakeside cottages. Handicap-accessible and dog-friendly units are available.
Lakepoint campground features 192 improved campsites. Deer Court has pull through sites including water, electricity and sewage. Barbour and Clark Loop sites include water and electricity. Tent camping is welcome and pets are allowed on a leash.
A variety of wildlife viewing opportunities await you at Lakepoint including possible American alligator sightings. Lakepoint Resort State Park is also a stop on Alabama’s Wiregrass Birding Trail. Various songbirds and raptors including osprey are common in the park. 
Area attractions
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge; many national historic sites in downtown Eufaula; local shopping and dining, and nearby Columbus, Ga.