Gilley has Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club Property under Contract

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Developer Ronnie Gilley may be presenting some changes to the Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club.

Gilley has the property under contract with the owners while a feasibility study is conducted to see if it’s worth the investment.

The Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club is located on Highway 231, close to where Ronnie Gilley's Country Crossing complex will be.

But, if that land becomes his, the two developments will not be attached.

"Country Crossing will stay on the property on Smithville Road," Gilley said.

Gilley and his team are cooking up another plan to revamp the Wiregrass.

It’s not a done deal, but they are looking into purchasing Dothan’s 40 year old Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club.

"It will be entertainment related, but not musically themed. It'll be something spectacular to the community, should it come to fruition," Gilley added.

Both owners of the Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club live out of town. Over the phone, they said that their original plan was to build a new hotel on the property, but after Gilley's idea was presented, they decided it would be a better business decision.

"We’re running hard, contractual numbers on building out the facility now," Gilley continued.

Right now, little is known about what kind of entertainment it could provide, but Gilley stresses that his plans do not include electronic bingo. "There will be only one bingo pavilion that we are associated with here."

Meanwhile, plans for Country Crossing are still moving in full force.

We can expect to see something happen within the next few months; engineers are working on what to do about wetland on the property.

Gilley says the investment group involved is a sports related investment group, and within two months, the data should be complete.

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  • by Linda Hopkins Location: Lake Hulon on Jun 14, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    Any venture that can bring positive growth to this area along with more jobs should be welcomed. Not ALL of us are country music fans, but that doesn't mean that we cannot see the economic growth potential for an attraction like Country Crossing. Once it is in full swing, Dothan & surrounding cities & towns should realize an increase in business: restaurants, retail, hotels, motels, etc. Pigeon Forge could be one example. Branson is another. I, for one, embrace the enterprising foresight by Ronnie Gilley. We live in a capitalistic society & he obviously epitomizes this capitalism. There's an old addage-----if you do what you've always done, you get what you've always gotten. Well, for some people that would be NOTHING, because they choose to do nothing. Either because they are too lazy or too scared! I applaud Gilley's pro-active attitude!!! He's doing something that will benefit more than just himself should it all come to fruition.
  • by Mark Gordon Location: Dothan on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Gilley was supposed to break ground in early May, now hes saying sometime in August or September. Mark my words, Country Crossing (what a name!) will never come full circle. Im guessing.. oh I dont know.. he doesnt have the money.
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