Jack Nicklaus sued for allegedly blackballing Bears Club’s former homeowners association president

It's the second lawsuit filed in recent months against Nicklaus over his management of the club

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Mar.March 26, 2019 04:30 PM

Jack Nicklaus and Bear’s Club resort (Credit: Getty Images and Bear’s Club)

The former president of the homeowners association of Jack Nicklaus’ The Bear’s Club is suing the famed golfer, alleging he forced him out of the club after he spoke out against Nicklaus’ management.

Gary Sellers further alleges in the suit filed earlier this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court that after he was suspended and eventually kicked out of the Jupiter golf club, the contents of his two club lockers were dumped onto his front lawn, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The issues stem from Sellers challenging Nicklaus about the association’s fees, according to the lawsuit.

Sellers alleges Nicklaus used the association “as his personal piggy bank” to maintain the golf club. Sellers also said Nicklaus relies on the income from The Bears Club since he was unable to repay a 10-year bank loan that became due in 2017, according to the suit.

The suits marks the second filed in recent months against Nicklaus over his management of the club. In December, a homeowner at The Bear’s Club sued Nicklaus, alleging that he ousted the homeowners board due to disagreements and replaced it with his own board, which included his son and the club’s general manager, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The Bear’s Club community was founded in 1999. It has an 18-hole golf course and a 40,000-square foot clubhouse. In addition, the community has about 80 homes, villas and cottages. A number of celebrities have bought homes at the development, including Michael Jordan and golfer Michelle Wie. [Palm Beach Post]Keith Larsen


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