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.

  • Nancy O’Rourke

    I work in the sale department of the new UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Our function space is beautiful and we are happy to assist any brides who have been displaced and work with them on a budget as we understand what has happened and would like to help.

  • I am the lead social sales manager at the Warren Conference Center & Inn. We have beautiful grounds, waterfront setting and a country Inn for overnight guest. We are happy to assist any brides who have been displaced and work with them on a budget as we understand what has happened and would like to help.

  • The Amesbury Sports Park is responding to the closing of the Georgetown Country Club’s abrupt closing by offering a venue to displaced brides and grooms.
    We’re not yet known in the area for hosting weddings,but our senior management team has been in the hospitality business for over 85 years collectively with a major emphasis on weddings.” Our team has worked on over 600 weddings, and is positioned well to absorb many of the groups left high and dry when the Georgetown Country Club suddenly shut its doors without notice. This weekend we’re hosting a 200 person wedding in a gorgeous tent on our field, and we’re thrilled at the opportunity to assist families affected by this unfortunate closing.

    We have received rave reviews about our food and service from the local community and we regularly host elaborate wine dinners and culinary events.

    Our award winning Executive Chef, Kevin Jacques, says he’ll do “whatever it takes” to accommodate the culinary needs of the weddings. He can work with an existing menu from the Georgetown Country Club, or he can certainly create a custom menu to accommodate any taste. We’re flexible when it comes to keeping the brides happy!”

    We’ll do everything we can to alleviate the stress that this situation has caused,and we’re being incredibly flexible with pricing and to make the transition as easy as possible.

    Call the Amesbury Sports Park, at (978) 388-5788 to discuss details and availability.

  • Both the Main & Downtown Clubhouses of the Harvard Club of Boston would like to assist the displaced brides of the Georgetown Club as best as possible. Please feel free to contact either Jennifer at the Main Clubhouse – 617-450-8498 or Tania at the Downtown Club – 617-450-8468.