Fore Golf Partners, the previous owner of the Reston, Va., property, announced to members that Wheelock Communities had purchased the club and that Fore Golf would continue to manage it. Wheelock plans to invest more than $300,000 for upgrades to the club’s dining and events facilities, the lobby and the locker rooms, and also to acquire a new fleet of golf cars.
Hidden Creek Country Club, one of two golf courses in Reston, Va., is now under new ownership, Reston Now, a local news site, reported.
According to an e-mail sent by the country club to its members on October 24th, real-estate developer Wheelock Communities purchased the club earlier this week from its previous owner, Fore Golf Partners, Reston Now reported. According to the e-mail, which was signed by Fore Golf CEO Charlie Staples:
Wheelock owns properties along the East Coast and in Texas that range from private golf clubs to large master-planned communities, luxury waterfront condominiums and urban mixed-use projects.
Fore Golf will continue to manage the club for the new owner, according to the e-mail, and club memberships will be unaffected by the change in ownership, Reston Now reported.
The e-mail also announced that Wheelock plans to invest more than $300,000 in upgrades to the club, Reston Now reported, that would include upgrades to the club’s dining and events facilities, the lobby, and the locker rooms. A new fleet of golf carts is also expected to arrive in December.
Over the next few years, Reston Now reported, Wheelock also plans to work in partnership with the club members and the Reston community to explore potential changes to the Hidden Creek property that could provide the Reston community with additional public amenities, environmental benefits and new housing choices.
It has long been feared by community advocates, including Rescue Reston, that both Hidden Creek and Reston National Golf Course will become the sites of residential development as the city expands, Reston Now reported. A specific question about Hidden Creek’s future came up during a community meeting on October 23rd about potential changes to Reston’s Planned Residential Community district.
Fred Selden, Director of Fairfax County’s Department of Planning & Zoning, told Reston Now that any developer wishing to build residential units on Reston’s golf courses would have hurdles to overcome.
“One of the things that the plan that was adopted in 2015 did was explicitly call the golf courses as planned for golf courses and to remain as golf courses,” Selden said.
“I can only speak to what kind of development can occur,” he added. “It’s planned for a golf course. If somebody wants to develop it in some other fashion, they have two options: They have to prove that they have some kind of property rights to build, or they have to come in and request a change to the Comprehensive Plan.”
The new ownership team was offering Hidden Creek members the chance to meet them for the first time later in October or in early November, Reston Now reported.