The 50-year-old golf course in Shelburne, Vt., plans to cut its 18-hole golf course in half and sell a portion to Snyder Homes, which plans to build 102 housing units. The golf course will be operated throughout the permitting process, and will continue in a truncated form when construction begins.
Kwiniaska Golf Course celebrated turning 50 last year, and the 18-hole golf course will go through some major changes. The facility will be shrinking to a nine-hole golf course and the town of Shelburne, Vt., will be gaining more housing stock, the Shelburne News reported.
Snyder Homes has agreed to purchase the land on the West side of Spear Street from Bonnie Caldwell, owner and General Manager of Kwiniaska. Caldwell decided to take this step in response to shifts in golf trends, the News reported.
The project, which is still in the early stages, will feature a variety of homes. Chris Snyder, president of Snyder Homes, said that the planned 102 units will be a mixture of traditional single family homes, carriage homes and townhomes, the News reported.
Changes to the golf course will not be seen immediately. Caldwell is planning to continue operating the 18-hole course during the permitting process. Once work is set to begin, golf will continue on in a truncated form on the east side of Spear Street, the News reported.
At the end of January, Snyder reached out to neighbors of the golf course via letter. In it, he sought feedback regarding the project and offered to meet individually with each neighbor during the week of January 25 in order to discuss preliminary plans, the News reported.
There were a few property-specific questions and concerns, but the project has been met with fairly positive feedback. “In general, everyone has been very positive of the concept,” Snyder said.
While the parcel has been used as part of Kwiniaska for decades, the land has long been zoned residential. Snyder said that it already has water and sewer access, the News reported.
“I think that it will be tastefully designed,” Snyder said. For residents curious to see more of the project, Snyder emphasized that the details are still being worked out. Plans have not yet been submitted to the town, and it is anticipated that the Development Review Board hearing on the project will not be until at least mid-March, the News reported.