Henry Luken lands Valleybrook golf course for $950,000 amid Drake family feud
It took two Chattanooga police officers to ensure that a family feud would not get any uglier during the court-ordered auction of Valleybrook Golf and Country Club on Thursday morning.
A Davidson County, TN, judge had ordered the company co-owned by David Drake and his sisters, Nancy Drake Donelson and Carolyn Drake Snider, to sell its properties to settle a simmering sibling financial dispute that has dragged on for months.
"We'll be duking it out for who knows how long over this and about 20 other properties," Drake said shortly after selling the Hixson course that their father, Carl Drake, helped create in 1962.
Drake stood on one side of the clubhouse dining room while his sisters occupied a copper-topped table on the other side that was later auctioned off, as well. The awkward family reunion lasted the full 25-minute length of the course auction, which ended with Chattanooga investor Henry Luken's winning bid, and into the afternoon as individual items were auctioned off.
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