Boonville Approved to Buy Quail Crossing

Warrick County shrinks, but Boonville grows by nearly 300 acres with 18 holes. Boonville City Council has approved the purchase of Quail Crossing golf course.

It will cost $600,000, which is a big purchase some neighbors feel could have been better spent. Mayor Charlie Wyatt feels it'll pay off on the back nine.

Since 1996, the golf community has been well outside Boonville city limits, but Wyatt and council plan to change that.

“They’ve made a commitment to the course,” says Gerald Wagganer, who lives between the 17th hole and 18th tee. “I’ve seen people here just working day and night on it.”

The hope is the city will put even more love into the course.

“It needs a little TLC right now,” Bill Phelps says. “The greens are needing some help.”

There are neighbors who think Boonville is in over its head, but Wyatt is firm in his belief: Quail Crossing offers a lot more than just leisure.

“I’ve thought about it for a year and a half,” Wyatt says. The golf course has the potential to be the only facility in the city that can make money. “The city lake doesn’t, the city pool doesn't,” he adds.

Some say the money isn’t there, but Quail Crossing neighbors are glad to see the city try.

“I think the course is going to draw more people,” Wagganer says. “I’m looking forward to all that’s going to happen in the future.”

This purchase is only for the golf course and clubhouse. The subdivision will not be owned by Boonville - yet. Wyatt says the city will try to annex the entire neighborhood next year.

The city hopes sign on the dotted line by the end of the month.

“We think the potential is there,” Wyatt says, “it was there before and it can be there again.”


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