Ahead of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, all-star first baseman / outfielder Wil Myers signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Padres worth a guaranteed $ 83 million. So why is there so much buzz with over $ 64,000?
During the off-season, Myers and wife Margaret spend their time in Charlotte, North Carolina. After problems with his previous golf club, including problems booking tee times due to excessive demand, Myers began looking for a new course. He reached out to the Carmel Country Club and joined the membership in April 2020; Remember, this was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when golf was growing tremendously.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the remainder of his $ 80,000 enrollment fee should be paid after paying $ 16,000 in advance over the next four anniversaries of Myers membership. But with the golf boom, the desire for tee times also increased.
Carmel saw a surge in demand which caused Myers to have renewed problems booking tee times. After much frustration, he and his wife terminated their membership in December 2020 by notifying the club that they had been misled and, according to the report, paying for golf privileges they could not enjoy.
According to a court file, the MLB all-star found it “almost impossible to find a start time and often couldn’t even use the driving range”.
The Carmel Country Club fired back, according to the Observer, charging the couple the remainder of their enrollment fee ($ 64,000) with a payment date of December 31, 2020. A few months later, Carmel would sue in March 2021.
Then, in June 2021, Myers officially counterclaimed, stating that they were suffering from Carmel’s “knowledge of misrepresentations and omissions”.
In response, Carmel denied all allegations, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic “has immediately and overwhelmingly changed the lifestyle and recreational activities available to all members of the club”.
The trial is scheduled for February next year.