Neighbors of Crooked Creek Golf Club in Fuquay Varina, N.C., have filed suit to keep the golf course open and prevent homes from being built on it. Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray, Pa., has sold roughly 50 acres for an upscale development near the 12th hole.
Despite a legal setback, some residents next to Crooked Creek Golf Club in Fuquay Varina, N.C., which will close Sunday, say their fight to protect the golf course isn’t over, the Raleigh, N.C.-based WRAL reported.
The course owners plan to close the course, tear it up and build new homes. The owners say removal of the golf course was always their “end game” and point out that it’s even in the covenant that homeowners signed when they bought into the neighborhood, WRAL reported.
Homeowners say they never realized that was part of the exit strategy. They filed a lawsuit last month to keep the fairways open. A judge sided with the course owners Thursday, allowing them to close the course, WRAL reported.
Homeowner Ken Boone has placed a “For Sale” sign in his yard. He’s not really selling, he’s making a point. Boone says if enough “For Sale” signs appear in his neighborhood, a developer could shy away from putting more houses nearby, like on the golf course, WRAL reported.
“For us that bought on a golf course, we paid a premium to live on the golf course. It won’t increase our home values,” Boone said.
Course owner Tony Withers declined an interview on the judge’s ruling. He did say that golf’s popularity is dwindling and competition from other courses is fierce. He called it a “very sad day” and said he’d like nothing more than to keep the course open but said it’s impossible, WRAL reported.
Still, homeowners say their fight is still in full-swing, and their lawsuit is pending to keep the greens green. “If construction starts, of course our quality of life would diminish greatly with the noise, the dirt, the trucks,” Boone said.
In McMurray, Pa., roughly 50 acres of Rolling Hills Country Club has been purchased by Infinity Homes, with plans to eventually build an upscale development that would be a mix of single-family and townhomes, as well as villas, the Pittsburgh-based Almanac reported.
Seventy-five to 100 homes are expected to be constructed on the land, Infinity said. A purchase price was not disclosed, the Almanac reported.
The land purchased by Infinity is located near the 12th hole of the golf course, said General Manager Alex Nicholas. There will be some sort of natural (plants) buffer between the homes and the golf course, he added.
“We have acquired the land,” confirmed Amanda Druschel, director of sales and marketing for Infinity. “Now, we’re currently waiting for the township.”
Peters Township is in the midst of revamping and updating its zoning ordinance to accommodate both higher-density residential development and natural gas drilling. It is not yet known when the township will complete that process, the Almanac reported.
When Peters completes its zoning overhaul, Infinity will begin work on the development, which Druschel compares with Heartland Homes’ Newbury home development in South Fayette Township. That development has single-family homes with front porches, tree-lined streets and parks, the Almanac reported.
“We’re hoping to begin construction (in Peters) by late next year,” Druschel said.