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Golf Course Redevelopment – the Latest Projects

Our ongoing tracking of golf course redevelopment is coming soon, starting in January 2021.   The potential for reconfiguration and/or adaptive re-use of golf assets is increasingly common, as course owners seek to redevelop to achieve highest-and-best-use of their properties.   The same investor focus is apparent in other popular real estate asset classes including office buildings, hotels, and shopping centers.

 

Golf courses are often situated within attractive residential communities, with reasonable roadway access and ingress/egress for feasible re-purposing as residential projects.   Some courses such as the Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego, are well-located within the regions in a way that can support substantial mixed-use redevelopment.   Hines has proposed a mega redevelopment project at the Riverwalk site that could see in excess of $1 billion in new development.

 

The overbuilding of golf courses and declining golf participation through 2019 has caused the reconsideration of golf properties.  A major report published in 2015 indicated that more than 800 golf courses had closed across the U.S. in the past decade.   A major part of the closures was the overbuilding that had occurred between 1998 and 2006, and the economic recession of 2008.

 

Until 2020 and the impact of Covid-19, the trend towards declining golf participation and more closed golf courses, had continued.  New generations, particularly millennials, just haven’t embraced golf as have generations past.  We shall see what the lasting impact of Covid-19 may be, and the interest that has stirred in golf as a healthy and safely-distanced outdoor recreation activity.

 

 

Golf Courses Redevelopment - the latest

Golf courses in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly subject to highest-and-best-use consideration, and redevelopment.

 

 

The Latest Golf Course Redevelopment Projects

 

We track major real estate development and redevelopment activity, as part of our ongoing research to support client consulting projects in connection with golf course redevelopment.  Starting in January 2021 we will publish updates to this list of golf course redevelopment in process.  We welcome your suggestions and ideas.  Thanks for that!

Course / Club UpdatedCountryDeveloperAbout
Apple Ridge Country Club
Mahwah, New Jersey
2020/11/25U.S.Apple Ridge closed in late 2015. The 108-acre property included an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. First opened for play in 1966.
Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club 2020/09/01U.S.Wheelock Communities with Gentry LandStatus not clear. Wheelock Communities had proposed with partner Gentry Land to repurpose the 150-acre Bardmoor site into an 800+ home subdivision with village center, hotel, office space, shops and restaurants.
Black Mountain Golf Club
Henderson, Nevada
2020/11/25U.S.October 2019 - Redevelopment plan calls for 1,800 homes on 204 acres. The golf course first opened in 1958, went into bankruptcy in 2017 and shuttered in 2018.
Catamount Country Club
Williston, Vermont
2020/11/25U.S.Ethan Allen Holdings LLCRedevelopment plan envision a 141-home subdivision to replace most of the golf club. The golf club first opened for play in 2002.
Club at Emerald Hills2020/11/25U.S.First Eagle Management LLC owns the golf course; Ari Pearl and Mickey Taillard propose the additional development.Proposed redevelopment calls for a luxury clubhouse, 416 luxury rental units, 30 townhouses and 40 golf villas on five parcels of the 167-acre course. Nicklaus Design would redesign the course into an 18-hole golf course.
D’Andrea Golf Course
Sparks, Nevada
2020/01/01U.S.D’Andrea Phoenix Acquisition LLCThis course which was closed in 2012, may be revitalized.
Glen Lake Golf Course
2020/08/01U.S.City of GlendaleCurrent proposal calls for Homes by Towne to build 173 single-family homes on the 42.8-acre project site. The course first opened for play in 1966.
Green Acres Country Club
916 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois
2020/09/01U.S.David Kahnweiler and Scott GoodmanDevelopers first proposed an 800 home development on the former 125-acre golf course. The golf course first opened for play in 1924, the club itself, some years later.
Heritage Golf Links
Tucker, Georgia
2020/10/01U.S.Lennar CorporationThe redevelopment plan envisions 226 single-family homes surrounding Burns Lake in Tucker, near the intersection of Britt Road and Old Norcross Tucker Road. As well, on the other half of the site, a mixed-use development is proposed with hundreds of multi-family dwellings and 11,000 SF of commercial space.
Hidden Creek Country Club
1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston, Virginia
www.hiddencreekcc.com
2020/07/15U.S.Wheelock CommunitiesThe 159-acre golf course was purchased by Wheelock in 2017.
Hillcrest Golf Course
St. Paul, Minnesota
2021/03/12U.S.A 112-acre shuttered golf club. Plans for about 1,000 homes, and light industrial.
Hollydale golf course
4710 Holly Lane N, Plymouth, Minnesota
2020/12/01U.S.Jake Walesch and David Gonyea.The City Council has voted 4-3 against rezoning this 160-acre golf course site for use in developing a 229-home residential development. The current owners bought the roughly 55-year-old golf course in October 2019.
Hunter’s Creek Golf Club
Orlando, Florida
2020/11/25U.S.Park Square Homes wantsPark Square Homes wants to continue to operate the property as a golf course and to carve out some land for future residential development.
Kanata Golf and Country Club
7000 Campeau Drive, Kanata, Ontario
www.kanata.clublink.ca
2020/11/25CanadaNovember 2020 - Ottawa's planning committee rejects a proposal by the owner of the Kanata Golf and Country Club to turn the course into a housing subdivision.
Lincoln Country Club
Walker, Michigan
2020/12/01U.S.Under purchase contract, Stoneleigh Companies LLCIn rezoning to convert the former 105 acres golf course to a mixed-use development.
Mariners Point Golf Center
Foster City
2021/06/21U.S.City-owned properties like Mariners Point Golf Center are subject to the California Surplus Lands Act, a 2019 law providing more opportunities for affordable housing developers to redevelop surplus land and changing regulations.
Mizner Trail Golf Club
6541 Canary Palm Drive, and 22725 Camino Del Mar
Boca Raton, Florida
2020/12/25U.S.North American Development GroupNADG acquired 128.3 acres on part of this former golf course, with plans to develop 115 single-family homes and 137 townhomes. The golf course permanently shuttered in 2005, and was subsequently entitled for residential development in 2014.
Mountain View Country Club
Riverside County, California
2018/07/30U.S.Oxbow PartnersThe former golf course would be redeveloped as the Trails at Corona and include more than 400 housing units on 105 acres. The golf course shuttered in 2009.
Oak Tree Golf Course
Oakland Park
2017/06/01U.S.Pulte GroupThe course now defunct, could become home to a 850-home development.
Park Hill Golf Course
Denver, Colorado
2020/11/16U.S.Westside Investment PartnersA community process is underway to explore the future of this former golf course. The 155-acre golf course was shuttered in 2018.
Pittsburgh National Golf Club
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
2020/11/25U.S.Leslie Road AssociatesRedevelopment calls for 352 homes on a Ron Forse-designed course.
Riverwalk golf course
San Diego, California
2020/11/25U.S.HinesA mega development is proposed on a 200-acre which includes the Riverwalk golf course. Riverwalk opened for play in 1998, a Ted Robinson design.
Roselle Golf Club
New Jersey
2016/11/01U.S.A redevelopment envisioned to include 932 new residential units. The course was shuttered in 2010. The golf course first opened for play in 1917, designed by Seth Raynor and Robert White.
Sunbury Golf Course 1349 Golf Course Road2020/11/25U.S.GCR Development LLCThe property was rezoned in 2016 to allow for a planned residential district and given a three-year window for plats to be submitted. The golf course closed in 2014.
The Landings Golf Club
Clearwater, Florida
2020/10/01U.S.Referendum on the November ballot asking whether the city should lease most of golf club's 77 acres of open space for the construction of a light manufacturing complex. The open space borders the Clearwater Airpark.
The Witch Golf Links
Conway
2020/11/25U.S.The course is operated by DG Golf ManagementThe plan calls for a 330-home residential development — 119 townhomes and 211 single family homes — as well as a commercial element. The Dan Maples design opened in 1989 and is owned and operated by D.G. Golf Management.
Tides Golf Course
11832 66th Avenue N, Seminole, Florida
2020/09/01U.S.Ron CarpenterDeveloper has proposed a 273-home project on the former 96-acre golf course. Back in 2014, developer Taylor Morrison proposed a project of less density, which was not approved. The golf course first opened for play in 1973.
Verdugo Hills Golf Course
6433 La Tuna Canyon Road, Tujunga, California
2020/11/25U.S.Snowball West InvestmentsProposed 215-unit housing project on the site of the golf course. The golf course was closed for play in 2016. Designed by Bill Hairston, the Verdugo Hills golf course opened in 1960. The site has played a significant role in U.S. history - from 1941 until 1943 the site was the location of the La Tuna Canyon Detention Center, where Japanese Americans were held before they were sent to internment camps during World War II.
Victoria Park Golf Course
309 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006, Australia
www.victoriapark.com.au
2020/11/01AustraliaCity of BrisbaneBrisbane City Council announced that Victoria Park Golf Course will close in 2021, to make way for more Brisbane public parkland. Only the Golf Course is closing in 2021.
Victoria Park’s Driving Range, Putt Putt, eight Function Venues and Bistro will not be closing. Repurposing strategy is outlined in public document, "Victoria Park Vision."
Westridge Golf Club
La Habra, California
2020/11/25U.S.Lennar CorporationThe redevelopment plan calls for creation of Rancho La Habra, a tract of up to 448 residences, including single-family homes, townhomes, pools, parks and trails. Westridge golf course was designed by Robert Muir Graves and Damian Pascuzzo and first opened in 1999.

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