Housing development could replace Plymouth golf course that's set to close

Updated: October 23, 2019 10:21 PM

Plymouth's last remaining golf course will soon close for good.

The owners of Hollydale Golf Course say they are selling the land to a developer.

The course will close at the end of this golf season, and what's next for the land potentially includes hundreds of new homes.

"It has been a phenomenal experience doing what we love for so many years," said Rick and Lynette Deziel, owners of Hollydale Golf Course. 

That's part of what the owners wrote in a goodbye letter after 50 plus years serving the community.

"We've really enjoyed living here in the neighborhood," said Mark McCombs, who lives in Plymouth and is on the steering committee against development in the neighborhood.

"We like the quietness of it," said Arun Singh, another Plymouth resident.

Soon, the 160 acres of green space could transform into a new housing development.

"Three hundred some homes into an area of land that is really so pristine right now, it's hard to imagine," McCombs said.

McCombs said the steering committee will fight the proposed project. He wants to make sure whatever happens falls in line with the city's 2040 comprehensive plan.

"A lot of that calls for keeping green space green," McCombs said.

Developers purchased the property and are working on a development application.

One Plymouth city official told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a traffic and environmental study is currently underway to determine the impact of adding homes, but neighbors already have concerns.

"It's going to be bad, and peacefulness will go away," Singh said.

"Since I've moved in 10 years ago, the traffic has probably doubled," McCombs said.

McCombs said along with added traffic, he's worried about losing land that typically would absorb rainwater, something they already have problems with.

"I can see us having significant water issues," he said.

With only a handful of tee times remaining, what's next is still up in the air, but McCombs hopes they can work with the city to figure out a solution that works for everyone.

"Obviously, they have their right to sell the property, just don't want to see it rezoned away from open green space that it is," McCombs said.

The City of Plymouth said it is still very early on in the process, but there will be a time when the planning commission, city council, and the public will weigh in.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the developer but has not heard back.

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