COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Litigation — The Company exited a leased property and accrued related lease exit costs of approximately $0.8 million in December 2016. The Company subsequently entered into a legal dispute related to this golf property. In June 2018, the Company accrued an additional $6.6 million for a total of $7.4 million to settle this legal dispute, which was recorded in "Accounts payable and accrued expenses" in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. In July 2018, the Company settled the dispute for $7.4 million, with $5.2 million payable immediately and $2.2 million payable in six quarterly installments. The Company paid the quarterly installments in full as of December 31, 2019.
The Company is and may become, from time to time, involved in legal actions in the ordinary course of business, including governmental and administrative investigations, inquiries and proceedings concerning employment, labor, environmental and other claims. Although management is unable to predict with certainty the eventual outcome of any legal action, management believes the ultimate liability arising from such actions, individually and in the aggregate, which existed at December 31, 2019, will not materially affect the Company’s consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flow. Given the inherent unpredictability of these types of proceedings, however, it is possible that future adverse outcomes could have a material effect on our financial results.
Environmental Costs — As a commercial real estate owner, the Company is subject to potential environmental costs. At December 31, 2019, management of the Company is not aware of any environmental concerns that would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position or results of operations.
Surety Bonds — The Company is required to maintain bonds under certain third-party agreements, as requested by certain utility providers, and under the rules and regulations of licensing authorities and other governmental agencies. The Company had bonds outstanding of approximately $1.0 million and $2.0 million as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Traditional Golf has four month-to-month property leases which are cancellable by the parties with 30 days written notice. Traditional Golf also has various month-to-month operating leases for carts and equipment. Lease expense is recorded in short-term lease cost as disclosed in Note 6.
Membership Deposit Liability — In the Traditional Golf business, private country club members generally pay an advance initiation fee deposit upon their acceptance as a member to the respective country club. Initiation fee deposits are refundable 30 years after the date of acceptance as a member. As of December 31, 2019, the total face amount of initiation fee deposits was approximately $246.0 million.
Restricted Cash — Approximately $3.2 million of restricted cash at December 31, 2019 is used as credit enhancement for Traditional Golf’s obligations related to the performance of lease agreements and certain insurance claims.
Commitments — As of December 31, 2019, the Company has additional operating leases that have not yet commenced of $85.7 million. The leases are expected to commence over the next 12 - 24 months with initial lease terms of approximately 20 years. These leases are primarily real estate leases for future Entertainment Golf venues and the commencement of these leases is contingent on completion of due diligence and satisfaction of certain contingencies which generally occurs prior to construction.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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