Big changes could be coming to Germantown. Monday, an Arizona-based developer announced its plans to buy the former Germantown Country Club and redesign it with fewer golf holes, new homes, and stores.
The trustees of the 180-acre property intend to sell it to Millennium Companies, which specializes in redesigning golf course properties. The company’s CEO told Local 24 News the plan is a concept and not set in stone, but the proposal to revamp the golf course land brought mixed reaction.
“We will do everything in our power to make sure that the spirit of Germantown is preserved,” Millennium Companies CEO Bob Hobbs, Jr. said.
On the property of rolling hills, there are big plans to give the former country club a new face and new life.
“The consumers and the market itself are demanding that golf be played slightly differently,” Hobbs, Jr. said.
The expected new owners want to change the former 18-hole course into a 9-hole course and plan to use that freed up space for a new community park, stores, homes, and condos.
“It’s going to be done very tastefully, it’s going to allow the opportunity for people to just hang out and enjoy it,” Hobbs, Jr. said.
The idea drew mixed reviews from those who drive by the property every day.
“I think that everybody that lives there is going to enjoy it because they can walk around and if they want to use the golf course, they can,” Jean Brooks of Germantown said.
“Golf courses are expensive, and they are not a moneymaking place,” Richard Robison of Germantown said.
“Golf is 18 holes, a good course of value,” Steele Malloy of Germantown said.
Once the property sale is finalized, the developer plans to submit an official design application and promised input from neighbors will guide and influence their final proposal.
“We don’t want to suggest anything that the community isn’t going to support, and we don’t pretend to know that market more than they know themselves,” Hobbs, Jr. said.
The developers plan to meet with neighborhood leaders in Germantown in the next week or so. The Germantown mayor said in a statement he’ll keep the community in the loop as the process moves forward.
City leaders were recently rejected in their bid to buy the country club property and turn it into a public park.