Residents React to Turkey Creek Golf Course Closing
It hurt like a double bogey. When we first told you last month about a golf course that was about to close its doors, neighbors started to get worried.
The neighborhood was built around the course and now that it's closed...many residents feel like they may now be stuck in a bunker.
Homeowner Lewis Trautz said, "Everybody's upset...the golf course is going down really fast."
The Turkey Creek Golf and Country Club closed on April 1st. General Manager Walter Smith, said after a $300 thousand shortfall in 2010, it's no longer a viable business.
Smith said, "All the fixed you know debt, the fixed expenses you know continue to rise and revenue continues to fall so, you know there comes a time when you know, it's just not worth doing."
With the closure of the course and other amenities like the pool and tennis courts, many residents including Smith, believe their properties won't be worth as much. He said, "Yes, my property values of my home in Turkey Creek will decrease if this golf course remains closed and I think that a lot of people feel that way."
Smith says this is a sad sight for golf enthusiasts, but even those who aren't interested in the sport see the closure as a bad thing for the community.
Homeowner Jen Jablonski said, "It's just going to depreciate the value of our homes and maybe make the neighborhood not so pretty anymore."
300 residents came to a meeting last week to express support for the course, but Smith says there still isn't enough to reopen. Which he says shows that even in a community of about 1000 homes, the reality is, not everyone can or will support amenities. Less than 10% were members.
Chef Peter White of Chef Brothers Catering will still operate out of the clubhouse, but says he hopes someone steps up. He said, "We definitely would like to have the golf course reopened and have the hustle and the bustle...it helps our business for people to come out, play golf, see that we're here."
When it comes to being called a "golf course community," Turkey Creek will have to take a "mulligan."
The president of the homeowners' association refused comment. 20 employees have lost their jobs because of the closure of the Turkey Creek.
"Plantation Oak GC Incorporated" still has a mortgage of $2.5 million. And is still responsible for maintaining the greens.
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