(Pictured: Larkhaven Golf Club)
The privately owned Larkhaven Golf Club was opened in 1958 and operated as a daily-fee until it closed in the fall of 2018. An Arizona-based homebuilder bought the 130-acre-plus site, which was a former dairy farm but is now in the middle of rapidly growing East Charlotte, with plans to construct around 350 homes.
The sale of the former site of the oldest public golf course in Charlotte, N.C. was finalized on May 21, making way for hundreds of houses to be built in a rapidly growing part of the city, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Meritage Homes, an Arizona-based homebuilder, purchased the former Larkhaven Golf Club, a more than 130-acre site near Interstate 485, The Observer reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The homebuilder’s plans call for around 350 homes on the site.
John Lintner, director of Land Acquisition for Meritage in Charlotte, said in an e-mail that the project “will capitalize on the continued growth in East Charlotte due to access to employment, retail and medical facilities,” The Observer reported.
Barron Connell and his son, Butch, opened the golf course in 1958 on the site of a former dairy farm. Unlike a private golf course, which requires a membership, Larkhaven offered access to the course for a daily fee. It was the oldest public, 18-hole course operating in Charlotte until it closed last fall, The Observer reported
In 2014, Charlotte Golf Links shuttered to make way for Rea Farms, a massive mixed-use development just south of I-485 with retail, office, apartments, townhomes and single-family houses, The Observer reported.
The area around the Larkhaven site is being built up quickly, The Observer reported. Cresswind Charlotte, an age-restricted housing community, is underway next door. Novant Health recently opened a medical center along Albemarle Road.
Meritage’s Lintner said the homes built on the Larkhaven site will be open in 2020, with prices starting in the mid-$200,000 range.