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New owners step in at Cress Creek

By Staff | Jul 7, 2014

Cress Creek Golf and Country Club was founded in 1988 by the late Judge William Drennen and his wfie, Margaret, better known as Maggie. The couple relocated to Shepherdstown from the Charleston area and opened what is the Eastern Panhandle’s only private golf and country club.

The club was recently placed on the market by Mrs. Drennen and has been purchased by Cress Creek of Shepherdstown LLC, comprised of Fred Parsons, Dr Troy Foster and Eric Lewis. All three of the buyers have been long-time members of the club with Lewis joining in 1988, Parsons in ’99 and Foster 12 years ago.

The new owners plan to continue with the private club and carry on the legacy of the establishment built by the Drennen family.

“It’s been apart of the Shepherdstown community since 1988,” Lewis said this week. “We are looking forward to taking the good thing that the Drennens built and making it even better,” he said.

Having closed on the property May 27, the new owners wasted no time in making plans for upgrades to the club.

“We anticipate an update and renovation to the player’s lounge, within the next 60 days,” Lewis said.

In addition, a new grand piano has been added to the formal dining room and was delivered Tuesday. The addition will allow piano music on Friday and Saturday nights.

“We are working out an arrangement with Shepherd University for their piano students to come play,” Lewis said.

Lewis also explained that the new owners are running a membership special offering waived initiation fees to the first 20 new memberships. Corporate memberships are also available, he said.

“We are so happy to have worked out this deal in keeping the club private,” Lewis added. “There is a nice, positive energy as everyone is excited about the purchase and the future of Cress Creek.