The land in South Portland, Maine will be converted to residential use, according to its owner, Ocean Properties Hotels Resorts and Affiliates. The club secured its Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation in October 2018.
Sable Oaks Golf Club in South Portland, Maine has announced it is closing, and the owner of the property says the land will be converted to residential housing, the Portland (Maine) Press Herald reported.
An e-mail sent on January 24 from Mark Anderson, Sable Oaks’ General Manager, informed club members of the decision to close the course, the Press Herald reported. In the letter, Anderson apologized for the late notice for the upcoming season, and assured members any deposits for 2019 would be refunded.
Reached the next morning by the Press Herald, Anderson confirmed the news but declined further comment.
Ocean Properties Hotels Resorts and Affiliates owns the Sable Oaks property, the Press Herald reported. Peter Connell, an Ocean Properties executive, said the land will be used for residential use.
“We have a conceptual master plan,” Connell said, “but it will be marketed to housing developers.”
Ocean Properties has been involved with rezoning the property with the city of South Portland for the past few years, Connell added, so golfers should not have been caught by surprise.
“Once it came before the city council,” he said, “it became evident what was ultimately going to happen. It’s going to be residential and not golf.”
In his letter, the Press Herald reported, Anderson thanked members for their loyalty and noted the course “has a storied history that dates back thirty years.”
In October 2018, the Press Herald reported, Sable Oaks was recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary because of its commitment to the environment and wildlife, becoming one of only four golf courses in Maine and 907 worldwide to achieve that distinction.