A land records search shows that the 2005 investor group that purchased the 166-acre golf course is is RN Golf Management, which is part of RestonOaks Golf LLC, which is part of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Wisconsin, says Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman.Let's state the obvious: this is not particularly good news -- a giant investment firm could care less about the merits of recreational facilities, green space, master plans, or the impact of redevelopment on a community. Which, in turn, means that the court of public opinion could amount to precisely squat, and that Rescue Reston and others were right to seek recourse in the courts of law from the get-go.
"We feel it is important for our community to know who is calling the shots," Pinkman said at a news conference at Reston Association headquarters. "Northwestern Mutual is a huge company with many facets."
Pinkman said that Rescue Reston embarked on the records search because it seemed odd that RN Golf Management, a "thriving, profitable recreational enterprise, would then decide to build homes."
"It seemed to us that there were investors behind the golf course who were not specifically associated with the course," said Pinkman. "We wondered why that entity was hidden."
On the bright side, the Action McNews Team sent "Sky9," whatever that is, to capture some stunning aerial photos of Reston National Golf Course as part of their Action McNews Team on Your Side coverage, so you know this story has now officially become a Big Deal:
The best part? Representatives of the property owners "hung up on our reporter." We probably would have too!
Below is footage from the press conference itself.
Hum your own Warren Zevon tune if it helps.