The Layton, Utah property features a 9-hole golf course with a driving range, putting course, mini golf and batting cages. C.W. Land Co. purchased the property with plans for redevelopment.
Swan Lakes Golf Course in Layton, Utah will close for good on September 4, the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner reported. A struggling golf industry as a whole, plus an oversaturation of golf courses in the area, were contributing factors to what vice president Sheryl Starkey termed as “extreme struggle” for the course since 2008.
There are two other courses in Layton plus 10 more in nearby Davis County, the Standard-Examiner reported.
“We’ve been blessed with having incredible clientele, we’ve met so many friends they’re basically family here,” Starkey said. “It’s been a glorious 25 years here, it really has.”
Starkey told the Standard-Examiner the course is being sold to a developer. Swan Lakes is a 9-hole golf course with a driving range that also features a putting course, mini golf and batting cages.
An emailed announcement sent out on August 5 encouraged people to use punch cards, gift certificates and batting cage tokens before Sept. 4, the Standard-Examiner reported. Four full-time employees will be affected by the closure, along with many part-time and seasonal employees.
“They built a lot of new courses in the area. With our green fee structure, it can only spread so far. The stories I read, they attribute it to the millennials. People are busier, they don’t want to take time out of their day to play golf,” said Starkey, who added that the course has been working with developers for three to four years and the closure was not a snap decision.
Swan Lakes’ closing will leave Layton with two golf courses—Valley View Golf Course and Sun Hills Golf Course, the Standard-Examiner reported. In 2018, Ben Lomond Golf Course closed after operating for 62 years. The site is being considered for residential development.
C.W. Land Co., based out of Centerville, Utah, purchased the property, the Standard-Examiner reported. The company touts developments in Layton, West Haven, Syracuse and Park City as part of its portfolio.