The Golf Club at Cedar Creek is under new ownership.

Jim McNair Jr., owner of the historic Aiken Golf Club, recently finalized his purchase of the semi-private golf course following approximately 10 months of negotiations.

Designed by Arthur Hills, the 18-hole course is nestled in the middle of the master-planned Cedar Creek community and will continue to be known by the same name.

Even with the addition of Cedar Creek to his property holdings, McNair will continue to manage and operate the Aiken Golf Club on Highland Park Drive.

“The former owners (of the Golf Club at Cedar Creek) had it nationally advertised with a broker,” McNair said. “At the time, the property owners were in talks with the club owners. Then, negotiations broke down.”

That's when McNair stepped forward and began talks to acquire the course.

Thirteen property owners provided McNair with interim financing. Savannah River Banking Company provided long-term financing.

The Golf Club at Cedar Creek has retained most of its one dozen staff members. Additions include Gary Frazier as course superintendent, Mike DiPasquale as golf pro and Beverly Burke as operator of The Grille.

“As far as the golf course, we're assessing our future. We're basically upgrading maintenance on a daily basis. In the long term, I'd like to do a major renovation in a collaborative effort with the property owners and a large clubhouse expansion,” McNair said. “We think Cedar Creek is one of the premier facilities in the area.”

The Golf Club at Cedar Creek was built in 1991. The Aiken Golf Club was built in 1912 and completely renovated in 1999.

Editor's note: This version of story has been updated to correct the name of the bank that provided long-term financing for the golf club. The Aiken Standard regrets the error.