SOUTHINGTON — The nine holes and clubhouse at North Ridge Golf Course on Welch Road will be revamped as part of a larger site redevelopment that includes nearly 100 houses.
Developer Mark Lovley said a new 3,000-square-foot clubhouse will be built and two of the existing nine holes will be redesigned. The course is part of a golf community that’s uncommon in Connecticut, according to Lovley.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the clubhouse in February. Lovley expects to begin construction in October and have the building open next spring.
Lovley bought the former 18-hole Pine Valley Golf Course in 2014. He got town approval to develop half the site in exchange for giving the town 10 acres of open space and development rights on the remaining nine holes. Those development rights keep houses from being built on the course.
Living next to a golf course is attractive for some buyers, particularly ESPN employees, Lovley said.
“They’re looking for this (elsewhere) in Connecticut and they haven’t found it,” he said.
Most of the houses are about 2,800 square feet. Prices run from $500,000 to $1.2 million. Houses are under construction, and lot sales have picked up in recent weeks, Lovley said.
Town Planner Rob Philips said the development was approved as an open space subdivision, which allows a clustering of houses on the site in exchange for land donations. In this case, the land or development rights given to the town exceeded the requirement, Philips said.
Earlier this year the town bought development rights for the entire Hawk’s Landing Country Club.
The new clubhouse at North Ridge Golf Course will have front and back porches and be built in a Southern style, according to Lovley. Plans call for a pro shop, bar, outdoor dining and a pool with three cabanas. Membership is capped at 75 families, Lovely said, and there are already 30 families that have moved or will move to the nearby houses that want to be members of the club.
The current clubhouse will be torn down and the new building constructed closer to the road.
“When it reopens in April, it’ll be a brand new clubhouse, a new redesigned course,” Lovley said.
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