Six hours of testimony over two days still isn’t enough time for Henderson leaders to decide the fate of the closed Players Club golf course.
It had its last round over a year ago. Since then neighbors say it has been withering away. But the owner has plans to make use of all the grass.
The Course owner and prospective buyer, Daniel McQueen and Mike Chambers say golf is gone for good – or at least 18 holes of it. The plan, outlined in the latest rezoning request, is to either sell or lease 9 holes, or use around 100 acres as a sod farm.
Neighbors packed the third floor of Henderson’s Municipal Center again Wednesday night to defend their homes in Wolf Hills that some say are being overtaken by poor maintenance on the course.
“Those ponds are just totally full of algae,” says Bruce Knipe. “Frogs can’t even jump in the water, they bounce on top of the algae.”
David Christman says he took a tape measure outside last month. “In between one of the ponds and the cart path, I measured 72 inches of weed growth,” he says.
The meeting started at 6 p.m. Tuesday and after 3 hours of testimony from attorneys picked back up again Wednesday for another 3 hours. Public comment is finished, but attorneys will finish their arguments Thursday.
The crowd is overwhelmingly against the rezoning request. McQueen and Chambers first tried to rezone the land last year and use the clubhouse as an event space. They later withdrew that request.
Only one neighbor, Sharon Pepper, spoke up in favor of the rezoning. She believes the plan is better than nothing.
“If it’s not going to be a golf course, what would I like for it to be?” she asks, “Do we have a solution? I really can’t come up with anything that I would rather look out by backdoor at then what’s been proposed.”
During this rezoning process, the land owner has said repeatedly that golf will never come back to the players club. His attorney has testified it’s too expensive and doesn’t generate enough money to stay open.
The Henderson Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the City Commission who ultimately have the final day on the rezoning.