Golden Gate golf course plans worry neighbors

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NAPLES, Fla. – A golf course in Golden Gate may shut down as the owners of Golden Gate Country Club consider rezoning the area to develop the land.

The possibility of the golf course shutting down has infuriated some people who live nearby, like Beverly Double.

Double and her family have owned a condominium overlooking the Golden Gate County Club Course for more than 30 years.

The owners of the golf course are looking to rezone property to add 700 single family and multifamily units as well as assisted living facilities.

Neighbors said they’re disappointed.

“I wish they would leave the golf course as it is or offer it to the
county as a park or a green space — something other than jamming a bunch of homes here,” said.

Some people have concerns about the sewer and reclaimed water systems. Others said traffic will be come a hassle. Still others said they would just miss the view.

The closing of golf courses is becoming a national trend, according to the National Gold Association. More golf courses closed than opened for the eighth year in a row in 2013, according to the association.

Before the golf course can be converted, the zoning commission will have to approve the changes. The property could be closed as early as June.

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