Washington Golf Center Closes Amid Questions

by ARLnow.com April 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm 10,359 14 Comments

Update on 4/23: A liquidation sale is being held at the Shirlington store.

Washington Golf Center, its sign easily recognizable by I-395 commuters, has abruptly closed. The 30,000 square foot warehouse-style store, founded in 1978, was located at 2625 Shirlington Road. The store’s web site, washingtongolf.com, has apparently been taken down, and the store’s phone number has been disconnected.

There was no immediate explanation for the closure. A commenter at Shirlington Village Blogspot said employees denied the store was going out of business until it closed this weekend.

There’s some evidence, however, that the store was facing financial difficulties.

In January, Acushnet, the manufacturer of the Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra golf equipment brands, sued Washington Golf Centers and its owner, Charles Chay, for breach of contract. Acushnet alleged that Washington Golf Centers owed it nearly $120,000 for merchandise the store had received but had not paid for since April 1, 2009.

In May 2009 Washington Golf Centers launched an ambitious e-commerce project, the Washington Golf Outlet Mall at washingtongolf.com.

In a press release dated June 23, 2009, the web site promoted a deal where customers buying a set of Callaway irons would be eligible for free upgrades to Callaway’s newest irons in 2010 or 2011. It’s not known whether any customers were able to take advantage of the offer before the store closed.

About two months after the promotion was announced, Washington Golf Centers owner Charles Chay sold his home in Potomac, Md. for $1,250,000, more than a half million dollars less than the asking price, according to an item in Washington Life Magazine. The Acushnet lawsuit lists Chay’s latest address as a condominium in Reston, Va.

  • Golf Center closes? I blame Tiger Woods.

  • ken jones

    the manager told me the store was remodeling and not closing. this guy is now working at golfdom !!

  • Great investigative reporting. ArlNow.com is fantastic.

  • John

    None of the other stores have working phones either, so *poof* they are gone.

  • Dave Hagigh

    I found this on Craig’s List the other day (Washington Golf liquidation sale). I wonder if it’s for real.


  • paul

    buy now , everything is at 90% discount!!

    • Patrick

      Does anyone know when the liquidation sale officially ends? There was a posting on craigslist stating the sale was on the 26th and 27th, any word on other dates?

  • Gail

    Had no idea the store had closed, went by there this weekend. I have a $125.00 gift card, i guess that can just go down the drain.

  • Cal

    I purchased 2 gift certificates from WGC at Christmas for $1000 for my two sons. I was assured that that there was no limit on the tikme to redeem. How do I recover my money. Please email me if you have any ideas. Thank you.

    • swamperro

      Please let me know how to redeem $1250 worth of gift cards, too!!!!

  • JB

    If anyone has advice on recovering giftcards, I’d love to hear about it. I tried calling the giftcard company and could not get anyone to take a call. Sounds like we’re out of luck.

  • A quick update for everybody. I’ve been working to find information on how people could try to get refunds, but as you probably already know, it’s not easy. Building management says their attorneys have been working to track down the owners to force back payment, but did not have any comment on their progress. Local government and the courts have not been able to help, so far. I’ve checked Lexis Nexis and other databases, with little to show for it. We’ll let you know if we make a breakthrough.

  • ill

    Well I guess I got no chance of buying up on golf equipment now,flown all the way fromAustralia to get the closing down specials!Oh well,having a good holiday and won’t have to pay excess baggage!Thanks Washington Golf Shop!

  • Ken

    This is a no brainier. Twelve years ago the building was purchased by
    the parent company of Design Cuisine and DC Rental. Tenants were told when their leases are up, they will not be renewed. Washington Golf
    had a ten year lease so that was honored. The owner knew he would have to move in ten years. When it was time pack up, the economy was
    bad and I guess starting over with a higher rent didn’t make sense.
    I bought a new set there about 15 years back and am happy to say I retired that Air Bear set and got a Taylor Made Burner set this week..life moves on!


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