Louisville golf course closed, carts shipped away

Louisville golf course closed, carts shipped away
The golf course at Glenmary is closed and its future is in question. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The golf course at Glenmary is closed and its future is in question. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dottie Whitfield (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dottie Whitfield (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People living in a park-like setting near Fern Creek aren't feeling so fortunate.

The golf course at Glenmary is closed and its future is in question. Financial hard times and a drawn-out lawsuit between the owner of the course and the homeowners association have finally come to this.

Dottie Whitfield has loved living in Glenmary for the past 18 years.

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"It's a beautiful neighborhood," she said, "and it's just a great place for families to raise children. There's a lot of beauty around here that you don't probably see."

The one thing you do see almost as soon as you drive in is that the golf course that winds through the neighborhood is not what it used to be.

"It's just a sad time to see the golf course go under," Whitfield said.

The homeowners of Glenmary have never owned the course. Its private owner tried to sell it to them, but it didn't work out.

Whitfield said, "Some people thought we should buy it and others thought that we shouldn't and it was just because of a lot of financial burdens to the homeowner that would be required."

So in August, the club abruptly shut down. A neighbor said they were swimming in the pool one day and it was drained the next, tee times were canceled.

Whitfield said it's a sign of the financial reality for courses.

"Those things are just happening right now. I know all the golf courses are struggling," he said.

Wednesday, carts that used to drive people around scenic greens were loaded onto trucks and shipped away.

Whitfield said it hurts to watch, but she still sees a future for the course surrounding her neighbor's homes. 
"It makes me really sad but I think we'll come together. I think we can figure out something."

WAVE 3 News tried to contact both the owner of the course and the homeowners association president. As of Wednesday evening our calls were not returned.
 
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