The 18-hole Fuquay-Varina, N.C., golf course is reinventing itself after selling its first seven holes and range to developers who plan to build single-family homes. The club will focus on tapping the family market with larger cups and its iGrow Golf Program.
Crooked Creek Golf Club in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., is converting from an 18-hole, 6,200-yard, par-71 golf course to a nine-hole layout just months after celebrating its 20th anniversary, NorthCarolinaGolf.com reported.
“[The owners] received an offer they simply could not refuse,” General Manager Drew Smith said. “They were approached by developers wanting to purchase the first seven holes and range.
“The developers want to convert that land into single-family homes,” Smith said. “With the covenants of the neighborhood, we knew this situation could eventually develop. The conversion could begin as early as March.”
Smith said the announcement was not popular, and the course lost about half of its members (from 150-75) to other clubs. While they sort out what their future looks like, it’s business as usual, NorthCarolinaGolf.com reported.
“We’re fully funded, fully staffed, holding our tournaments and daily play,” he said.
Crooked Creek has seen its share of improvements over the years. Among them, all bunkers have been renovated at the cost of $30,000 within the last three years. The plans are already in place for what the new Crooked Creek will look like, NorthCarolinaGolf.com reported.
“We will be reinventing ourselves,” Smith said. “I can’t compete with 18-hole courses across town. We’ll build on the character of the back nine. We’ll try to soften it up, make it play as difficult as we need to make it. We’ll use alternate sets of tees for each hole, which will change the angle, the distance, the approach and the pin placement. We’ll be able to make the course play like it’s 18.”
Moreover, Crooked Creek will tap into the family market, utilizing larger cups, three pins on the green and other gimmicks to attract a different clientele. Crooked Creek’s future hinges on it, NorthCarolinaGolf.com reported.
“We’ve been told by the owners, as long as it’s viable, we will continue.”
The locally developed iGrow Golf Program at Crooked Creek focuses on teaching golf concurrent with life skills. It’s built similar to karate classes, with advancements from level to level as certain benchmarks are reached on and off the links, NorthCarolinaGolf.com reported.
“I can’t emphasize how strong of a program it is,” Smith said. “There is nothing out there like this. This program stresses the importance of being skilled not only as golfers but also in life and growing kids as well-rounded young adults and better students of golf. It’s dynamic and impactful.”