Five months after its final round, the old Henderson Players Club golf course finds a potential future off the fairway. Its acres of rolling hills may not see a golf ball again, but a new owner hopes to at least save the clubhouse.
The previous owner, Daniel McQueen says it was too expensive to keep the course going, but neighbors in the Wolf Hill’s subdivision have been concerned about their property value and what may move in next.
A vote in favor of rezoning and re-use Tuesday night at the Henderson Planning Commission meeting offers some clarity to what may be coming.
Mike Chambers is the new owner of the nearly 6 acre club, and has said he wants to turn the clubhouse into a banquet hall.
Before he can do that, the land needs to be rezoned from agriculture to commercial. That vote happened last month.
Next, the clubhouse needs its golf-course-only, limited-use restriction to be lifted. That was approved Tuesday night.
Last month the planning board narrowly passed the rezoning request with a 6 to 5 vote, but the second portion of the request, to remove the limited-use, was tabled to gather “findings of fact.” It amounts to 12 pages of testimony from city officials and concerned neighbors.
David Williams is one of the five who voted no, but is still optimistic.
“We can move forward with allowing him to develop the property as he sees fit,” Williams says. “It can still be a golf course. He says it will never be a golf course but never is a long time.”
Chambers bought the clubhouse and the 18-hole golf course from McQueen.
The public hearing last month and Tuesday’s vote did not address the future for golf on the property, however Chambers’ lawyer, Dorin Luck, says there will not be any golf going forward.
Neither Chambers nor Luck was willing to go into detail about plans for the course following Tuesday’s meeting.
“I’m hopeful for him,” Williams adds about Chambers’ plans to create a banquet hall.
Work still isn’t over yet. The rezoning and re-use still needs a final vote from the City Commission. They will meet later this month and have 21 days to take up the issue.