Ironbridge Golf Club back up for auction |

Ironbridge Golf Club back up for auction

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
The 18-hole Ironbridge golf course and 118 remaining home sites in the associated golf community will be offered at auction next month. The property is being sold as part of Lehman Bros. bankruptcy. / Contributed photo

An auction to sell the golf course and remaining homesites at the Ironbridge Golf Club between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs is scheduled to be held next month.

The auction is part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of L.B. Rose Ranch, a subsidiary of Lehman Bros., according to Craig Post, executive director of Sheldon Good and Co., which is handling the real estate auction. Lehman Bros. is the investment banking company that was allowed to fail before the federal government bailed out other Wall Street firms at the start of the Great Recession. Lehman declared bankruptcy in 2008.

Garfield County approved Ironbridge in the early 2000s. It has an 18-hole golf course and 316 total lots. The development firm sold 198 of the homesites. The remaining 118 will be offered at the auction along with the golf course.

Ironbridge is located about 30 miles northwest of Aspen and 10 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs. A statement from Sheldon Good said the golf operation generates more than $1.1 million in annual revenue. The course has 280 members. Leftover tee times are available to the public.

Post said a prior auction scheduled in November was postponed for administrative reasons connected to the bankruptcy reorganization. The delay could work to Lehman’s advantage. Prices have stabilized in the midvalley in recent months and, in some cases, started to creep up. Post said the stabilization is a product of inventory diminishing.

The deadline for delivering bids is 3 p.m. June 28. Post said his firm hasn’t appraised the property. The bids will establish the market for the operation. Separate bids will be accepted for the undeveloped home lots and the golf course, though Post believes it makes sense for a single buyer to acquire all the assets.

“There is no minimum,” Post said, but L.B. Rose Ranch reserves the right to decline the top bid if it is deemed too low.

While Lehman Bros. is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it isn’t expected by observers to emerge from the reorganization. It is selling off its assets.

Post said some real estate owners prefer to sell property via auction because of the certainty of a sale it creates.

Ironbridge Golf Club opened in 2003. It is a 7,224-yard, par-72 course. The course and home lots are on 533 acres adjacent to the Aspen Glen golf community. The infrastructure is completed to 57 of the remaining 118 homesites. The other 61 sites can be built to the specifications in the approval or redesigned.

More information about the sale can be found at http://www.iron or by calling 800-516-0012.


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