Georgetown Country Club Files Bankruptcy, Bilks Brides


Massachusetts’ Georgetown Country Club, a championship golf course and country club, declared bankruptcy on September 11. Now, the organization refuses to refund couples’ wedding deposits, despite cancelling their reservations. WCVB Boston has more:

Sarah Crow is supposed to renew her wedding vows and hold her reception Saturday at the The Georgetown Country Club. Crow is out of her $9,000 deposit, saying she believed the owner intentionally deceived her family.

“Dr. Wojtkun knew he filed bankruptcy on Sept. 11. Why did he take a deposit Wednesday after that? That’s theft,” Crow said.

Christina Doherty booked her wedding reception for Oct. 3 at the Georgetown Country Club.

“We are $5,000 in the hole, trying to find a new place,” she said. Doherty said getting answers from the owner is another struggle. Chris Rich, who lives on the first fairway, said membership dissatisfaction with the owners contributed to the demise.

Tee time was still advertised but there was no answer when NewsCenter 5 called the office seeking comment. As of 10 p.m. Monday, doors remained unlocked but the staff was on the way out without work for the morning. (They found out this morning that they were out of a job.)

Once the club files for bankruptcy, it is anticipated that customers can file as a “debtor” to whom the club owes money. It was not immediately known whether Attorney General’s Office plans to investigate.

This has to be one of the more painful bankruptcies to affect people during this recession.

Written by Drea Knufken

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