Monday, April 22, 2002

Golf community might lose 9 holes

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

        HEBRON — Meadowood Golf Club may be rezoned to build 313 townhomes and houses and the back nine would be no more.

        Tom Runion, owner of the course, said he is willing to sell 82.26 acres, which includes the back nine of the 18-hole course, to the Drees Company and Rhein Interests, Inc.

        The companies have jointly requested the zone change to build townhomes and one-story homes. The homes would sell for $110,000 to $180,000 and the community would include a clubhouse and pool.

        For residents of adjacent Meadowood Estates and Meadowood Greens, that means the “golf-course home” they bought would become a “half-a-golf-course home.”

        The possible sale comes because an explosion of public golf facilities in the early 1990s hit Meadowood hard. Mr. Runion said the golf course has not done as well as he expected.

        ""City and county agencies added 54 new golf holes between 1990 and 1995, a 46 percent increase, in public golf capacity in Boone and Kenton counties,” said Mr. Runion.

        “As positive as these new city and county facilities have been for the general public, they have created a severe economic impact on Meadowood Golf Club and has resulted in a major loss in business since it is the only privately owned golf course in Boone County.”

        Mr. Runion has agreed to put a restrictive covenant in the deed which would require him, or anyone who owns the property, to keep the remaining nine holes as a golf course or green space.

        John Dimuzio, 64, a retiree who lives in Meadowood Estates, said if Mr. Runion does not make this deal with Drees and Rhein, he could sell the entire site, which is now zoned recreational.


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