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Save the Laurel! An Aiken icon is in jeopardy!

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Real Estate Agent with Aiken Properties

Golf"The Houndslake Community centers around a 27- Hole Championship golf course in the Aiken area. Designed by Joe Lee, who designed the likes of La Costa, Doral, and Disney World.  The three nines provide pleasure to the average golfer and a memorable challenge to the advanced player. All three nine holes play to a par of 36 and average just over 3,300 yards each. Our Azalea and Dogwood nines boast over 50,000 Azaleas planted during construction in 1974 to compliment the splash of Dogwood, Holly, and Kalmia in the area." quote from the Houndslake Country Club website.

Rumors are running around that Club Owner, Weldon Wyatt, is going to close the Laurel Golf Course at Houndslake Country Club.  The reason stated by the Aiken Standard Newspaper is: Lack of Play and residents and members say they do not play because of poor maintenance of the course.  As you can see in this beautiful photo by Thom Abbott, of Southside Gallery, the 9-holes are along water and the wooded areas close to Hitchcock Woods.

The houses along this course are some of the most valuable in the development, but now these values are in jeopardy.  This course is an integral part of the community and closure could collapse the housing values in this area of Aiken.  I encourage Aiken residents and members of the Club to help save the Links!  Start Playing the Laurel, again!  Call a member and play, if you are not a member become one, everyone in this part of Aiken needs to help support the future of the golf course.

The economic devastation that this closure would bring to the Aiken housing market does not benefit anyone.  I hope citizens that live in Houndslake will write letters in protest of this closure.  The Members of the Houndslake Country Club need to join forces and stop this devastating action.  Help Save the Laurel 9!  Write to the newspaper and the club, get your voice heard.  The membership was not asked about the Club's sale to Wyatt, but now the members need to stand up and be counted, not only for the Laurel, but for our economy! 

Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Jane,

It looks like a really nice course...It would be such a shame for them to close it!

Don't forget me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC!"

Michael

(949) 753-7900

Oct 19, 2008 07:28 AM
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

Hi Jane Page.  Is there more than one course over at Houndslake?   Everytime I go in there I see people playing.   How can they close the golf course in a golf course community??    Nothing W W does surprises me anymore.

Oct 19, 2008 11:58 AM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

That would be a lose to the community.  It sounds bad when the locals complain about the condition of the course.

Oct 19, 2008 05:15 PM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Michael, How is The OC?  You must have seen some of this type of thing out there with the market.

Kara: WW is only closing one of the 9's.  I heard today it could be bought for 1.2 mil. not bad.

Randy:  You have an investor that might want a little 9-hole in SC?  We have palm trees, too.

Oct 20, 2008 02:38 PM
Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Jane, I hate to hear that, as Aiken is a golf destination, I thought.  We had a course to close, Coldstream in Columbia, but that was a mismanagement and some other going on, not entirely lack of play.  Hope y'all can keep this course open. 

Oct 20, 2008 11:05 PM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Charlie, I have foundout that the lack of play is really a case of lazy!  This 9-hole is a good distance from the Clubhouse and across the highway.  I think we will save it!

Oct 21, 2008 03:03 AM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Jane, that is a beautiful place.  I hope they keep it open...

Oct 21, 2008 01:04 PM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Jane, so do I!  I hope someone will buy it.

Oct 21, 2008 01:38 PM
DJ Swanepoel
Real Estate Wiki - Los Angeles, CA

It would be a shame to close such a pretty place, I hope they find a solution soon:(

Oct 22, 2008 11:31 AM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Good News for Golfers, A few buyers have surfaced to buy the entire club.  Today, a group of citizens met to discuss protection for our city openspaces, we included golf courses- public & private.

Oct 22, 2008 03:14 PM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

The community will appreciate your efforts.

Oct 22, 2008 11:37 PM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Will, thanks for stopping by, if you make it to Aiken & play, let me know!

Oct 23, 2008 01:35 PM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT
NewHouseUtah.com

I hope that people get out there and golf- see? it's not just fun, but also a very worthy cause. :-)

Oct 27, 2008 02:54 AM
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

Chuck, I know a lot of guys who would like to believe that golf is tax deductable because of the economic charity work involved in maintaining the housing market and openspace:) LOL!

Oct 28, 2008 02:21 AM
James Hunter
Aiken, SC

How can they close the golf course in a golf course community?

Nov 11, 2011 12:00 PM