Fort Worth Golf
Club, located in Lake Country, closed in September. The golf course
has been put up for sale by the owner.
Thursday, October 10, Dennis
Shingleton, our city council representative, attended the LCPOA board
meeting along with some other concerned association members to discuss the
situation. Dennis provided some great insight into what can or
cannot be done to maintain or improve property values in our neighborhood
regarding the golf course and answered the concerns of all of the attendees.
are some key points discussed at the meeting:
1) The owner of
the golf course property has substantial debt. Creditors have sued and placed
liens on the property.
2) Too few
customers were playing the course to allow it to be kept open.
3) It is not
known at this time what the eventual disposition of the property will be.
4) The golf
course is zoned A-5 for residential homes with a lot size of at least 5000
5) There are
portions of the property, particularly the land between fairways 1 and 9 and
between fairways 10 and 18 that are owned by someone other the owner of the
golf course itself.
6) Any changes
to zoning, such as use for apartments or business, would need to be approved
by city council.
developers would want to build smaller foot print home sites or multi-family
dwellings in order to maximize profit. However, they would encounter
significant roadblocks with regards to zoning, access, utilities, and the
requirement to make any new development be comparable to our current
8) The City of
Fort Worth is currently closing some of its golf courses, so it would not
take over this property as either a golf course or a park.
Shingleton suggested that the LCPOA along with other HOA’s in the area work
together as a united front to evaluate options for keeping the property as a
golf course. Dennis believes this is best use of the property for the
neighborhood and the city and has offered to work with us to that end.
10) Dennis also
suggested that we evaluate the possibility of setting up a Public Improvement District (PID).
Board is taking the following actions:
1) Forming a
committee to explore the options with the other Home Owner Associations in
maintenance of the golf course and inform the city if the owner does not keep
the property mowed and maintained. The city will mow the property
if not maintained by the owner, but we would need to understand that this
would be rough cut only when absolutely necessary.