Grand Haven Resort Scam

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Grand Haven Resort Scam 

I was wondering if anybody has been scammed by Grand Haven Resort in Cambridge Ohio (Part of the Cardida Resort Group) the way I was scammed or in a similar method?

Basically I entered a contest somewhere (that was sponsored by Grand Haven Resort) and I "Was a Winner of at least 2 Prizes" with a possibility of winning the grand prize which was a new car!  There were about 6 possible prizes and I would randomly win at least 3 of them... those prizes were a Camera, a trip to Las Vegas, $500 Cash, and some other really nice prizes like a Plasma TV etc... All you have to do to claim your 2 prizes is to go through a tour of Grand Haven Resort....

So we took the bait and went to take the Tour for our free guaranteed prizes... At first glimpse the place was pretty trashy.. but then we had our presentation by one of the sales people that dazzled us with all of these great things... Then we drove around in the sales person's car and saw all of the cabins and other cool things this place had to offer...

3 Hours later, it was time for them to make the sale.... A Membership was like $5,000 for the basic membership, but that didn't include half of the cool stuff they were talking about... The good membership was around $10,000 if memory serves me... Of course that was out of our price range... but they just happened to have a trial membership for 1 year... well we had someplace to be and it already was taking a long time, so we decided to do the trial membership.... it was at a reasonable price for what it supposedly offered...

Well we did a down payment on the trial membership and went to get our guaranteed prizes... we won a camera and a trip to las vegas (which required 1 person to pay full price for a plane ticket in order to get the trip)... of course that is basically what everyone got, because they had a pre-made stamp that they stamped on your sheet that had your prizes as a camera and the Los Vegas Trip... The camera was a piece of crap and the trip was a sham because you had to pay for 1/2 of it...

This is where we really got scammed

Well a few weeks later we were ready to give the resort a try... They had some really nice cabins for dirt cheap and some even had Jacuzzi.... So we were going to get 2 or 3 cabins and bring a bunch of friends and have a good time... after all, that was the main reason we got the membership...

So I call and apparently there are only a couple cabins that actually have a Jacuzzi... not the impression we got during the tour...

Next, the pricing... The cabin price was nothing near the price we were quoted on the tour... it was at least double the price to get the cabins than we were quoted... this didn't include the hidden pet fees which we were NOT told about, or the hidden Guest fees which we were NOT told about... of course during the whole tour I was talking about how this would be a great place to bring my friends and my two dogs and how cheap it was... no mention on the hidden fees....

Basically the whole sales tour we were told things that ended up not being the case once we tried to get it... They hid a lot in fine print, wear you down so that you just want to get out of there...

This was definitely a lesson learned... So buyer beware if you ever get a call to tour Grand Haven Resort!


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Jeff I would be very interested in taking over your deed please email me at


Feb 27, 2013 11:31 AM #268

I  have a deeded memebrship that my wife and I no longer use.  Free to whomever wants to take ownership of it.


Membership dues are paid up to date, just pay the transfer fee

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Mar 12, 2013 07:52 AM #269
We live states away and haven't used in years! Willing to sell for cheap!
Mar 28, 2013 07:26 AM #270

I have a membership to Grand Haven/Rocky Fork that I would love to GIVE to someone.  Please contact me at my email address if you are interested.

Jun 11, 2013 07:11 PM #271
Chris Wyatt

Have lifetime menbership for sale. Will take a loss, just to far away to use. If interested please contact me at

Nov 25, 2013 07:43 AM #272

I have been nothing but unhappy with our membership.  Shortly after getting the membership we got a bill for a large sum of money for "fees" that we were told we wouldn't have to pay till after we had finished buying our timeshare.  When the group was purchased by Grand Haven basically all our dues we had paid were gone and now we owe for 2 extra years.  All i want is this stupid thing gone!  Buyer stay away!  Biggest waste of money ever!  Absolutely horrible! 

Nov 25, 2013 12:50 PM #273
Karen C.
I have a liftetime membership to Grand Haven/Rocky Fork I would like to give to someone.. We no longer use it. Membership dues are paid through the end of this year and I will even pay the transfer fee to anyone interested in it. Pls. email me at
Jan 23, 2014 05:05 PM #274
Thomas H
I have a deeded membership willing to give it away to any interested party. Includes the Coast to Coast membership. Contact
Mar 21, 2014 11:33 AM #275
We ha ve a membership x2 for anyone that wants to take over payments
Apr 29, 2014 09:08 PM #276

We are trying to sell our membership too. Includes coast to coast I think, but not sure how the whole transfer works with that. $500 plus transfer fees. contact

Jun 09, 2014 07:58 AM #277
Bill B

I made a deal with them to be done with my contract. Been a member since 2003. Owed $2000 in back Maintenance fees. Soon as they are paid up I can finally be done.

This has been a nightmare for my family. lost at least $8000 all together.

If you love your family and want to do some fun things with them, Don't do it there.

Take the money that you will save by not signing anything and just go to a park, rent a cabin or pop a tent. You can do everything they have to offer anywhere else and you will walk away with good memories and no maintenance fees or strings attached.

Just say no! No! No!  Never sign anything without going home to think about it first.

You will thank me later. God bless.

Nov 13, 2014 12:59 PM #278
Bryan B

Hi, Bill B! We are in a similar situation. I am wondering how to get out of it after we are settled up. Can you email me at Please! Thanks!!

Nov 13, 2014 02:11 PM #279
Fed up

Okay. I've read each and every one of these posts! Has anything happened with a class action lawsuit? Has anyone with a deed actually been released of their yearly maintenance fees obligation? We have been deeded members since 2003, faithfully paid our yearly fees and only used our membership maybe 5 times. We are sick and tired of this. What can be done without paying a dime more?

Nov 15, 2014 07:33 PM #280

I would love to know how to get out of these yearly fees! Supposedly, a couple of years ago when they opened it to the public, fees were supposed to go down or be eliminated.
I too am deeded and have been paying my fees every year since early 2000's. Although it is a nice place, we never have time to use it. Uggh!!!

Nov 16, 2014 11:10 AM #281

Kathy , email me.

Nov 17, 2014 09:28 PM #282

My husband and I have an unused membership we would love to sell - cheap. Email me if you are interested.

Jan 01, 2015 10:11 PM #283
Margaret Harley

It seems that all the positive comments on this sight are probably Grand Haven management trying to save face. Face it, the place is a dump. I took my daughter there for a birthday party and I couldn't believe how dumpy it was. A few years later I was staying in a cabin at Salt Fork Resort and sales people from Grand Haven literally knocked on our door trying to sell their resort!! What kind of company does that? Can you imagine walking into a restaurant and going to the people waiting for a table and trying to convince them to go to another restaurant? Extremely tacky marketing, and I reported it to Salt Fork management. I hope they went after them. Luckily I knew what a dump that place is. Not even in the same league as Salt Fork Lodge.

Mar 27, 2015 01:26 AM #284

Just jacked up my cabin fees

May 17, 2015 01:51 PM #285

I also have a "Deed" to Rocky Fork or whatever these scammers are calling it this year. My understanding is that I no longer have a "Deed" but a membership---why wasn't I notified about this and if it was a deeded property who did they pay to change the game. Anyone want a membership please email me at

Jul 10, 2015 11:16 AM #286
emily olson

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Oct 01, 2015 12:49 PM #287
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