Only on 10: Evicted golf course operator threatens to sue NEIT

The evicted operator of a golf course in East Greenwich threatens to sue New England Institute of Technology, which owns the property. (WJAR)

The evicted operator of a golf course in East Greenwich threatens to sue New England Institute of Technology, which owns the property.

The college suddenly closed the East Greenwich Country Club in mid-April after winning a months-long court fight to evict Rob Rainville as operator of the club for failing to pay rent.

New England Tech announced Tuesday the club has reopened under new management.

Steven Kitchin, a vice president at New England Institute of Technology, told NBC10 that the new deal “will provide some continuity and long-term stability to that facility.”

Rainville also told NBC 10 News he will pursue legal action against the college.

“It’s very upsetting in the way the whole thing was handled,” Rainville said.

Rainville admits he fell two months behind on rent, but said his offers to make good were rebuffed.

His main beef now is that he claims he spent over $250,000 on improvements to the club since he took over in 2017.

“And, abruptly, they moved to take possession and now they think they can just take the benefits of all our financial resources and work to improve the property and give it to someone else,” Rainville said.

Kitchin had a response to Rainville’s argument.

“I would only say to you that the courts agreed with us and we followed the path the courts allowed us to take,” Kitchin told NBC 10.

Meanwhile, members are happy about the reopening.

Ed Luksch is among dozens of members who had already paid for the season when the club closed.

“If they had done it in July, I would have been really upset,” he said. “But the beginning of the season didn’t matter that much.

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