Nearly three months after it hosted its final round of golf, the future of the former Players Club of Henderson property still remains unknown. The public course, which opened in the mid-1990s, closed in late March after the owners sold the 164 acres of land to local businessman Mike Chambers.
Dan McQueen, the president of Lexington-based Corman-McQueen Golf Inc., tells Eyewitness News the deal should close later this week, if not early next week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
For many of the homeowners living in the Wolf Hills Subdivision are both curious and concerned as to McQueen’s intentions for the property. The course’s closure came as no surprise to many neighbors as well.
“I was disappointed to see that it closed,” said Bob Moss. “Of course, like a lot of the other neighbors, that was one of the big selling points when we bought the house, the fact that it was on a golf course. If they develop it some other way that’s of benefit to everybody’s property value, that’d be great.”
In the first couple of weeks following the closure of the golf course, many neighbors expressed frustration with how the course was not being routinely mowed and taken care of. A thick layer of algae was present on many of the ponds and lakes as well.
However, neighbors say Chambers has recently been maintaining much of the property. In some locations, crews have removed hills.
“They’ve been doing a good job keeping up with it,” Moss said. “They’ve been out here on a regular basis from what I’ve seen, trying to keep the weeds down, As you can tell right now, it doesn’t look too bad.”
Like a blind tee shot, the property’s future is a bit tricky.
Brian Bishop, the executive director of the Henderson City-County Planning Commission, tells Eyewitness News the property is zoned as agricultural with a permitted use of a golf course.
“It is the Planning Commission’s belief that the property is limited to a golf course due to a Master Plan that was submitted for the Wolf Hills Subdivision and its rezoning from Agricultural to Residential-2,” Bishop said in an email to Eyewitness News.
If Chambers were to want to use the property for anything other than a golf course, he would have to petition to have it rezoned by submitting an entirely new master plan for the subdivision. Neighbors would be notified of such a petition and a hearing would be held by the Planning Commission.
Even if Chambers wanted to split some of the acreage and sell it to nearby homeowners wanting to extend their backyards, the property would still have to be re-zoned.
As of now, Chambers has not submitted a new master plan and is not included on the agenda for the Planning Commission’s July meeting.
Moss remains hopeful, however.
“Its a beautiful piece of property. I’m sure the new owners will make the right decision.”
Eyewitness News’ attempts to contact Chambers were unsuccessful.