FLORIDA – Seminole community’s closed fairways lead to litter, looters; Rolling Hills Golf Club site is a ‘Disgrace’
ccfj.net: Seminole community’s closed fairways lead to litter, looters; Rolling Hills Golf Club Site is a ‘Disgrace’ – Ruined course riles residents
Article Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel
By Martin E. Comas
Published March 3, 2015
For decades, it stood as the centerpiece of the high-end Rolling Hills community, with acres of lush fairways and an elegant clubhouse. Now the old golf course is little more than a junkyard, a dirt track and a hangout for suspected drug dealers. The first blow came when Rolling Hills Golf Club closed. Seven months later, joy riders use the fairways to pop wheelies and carve doughnuts in the dirt. The former restaurant and pro shop are covered with graffiti. Motorists use the weed-filled greens as shortcuts across the neighborhood, and moldy mattresses, broken glass and empty cans litter portions of the course. “It’s just very depressing,” said Phil Taylor as he looked at the torn awnings outside his neighborhood’s old clubhouse. “This affects hundreds of people and the values of their homes.” Since the country club near Altamonte Springs closed last July, residents have been alarmed at its rapid decline. But it’s not just the graffiti, trash and overgrown fairways. Deputy sheriffs have been called out to the property dozens of times since July 1 for reports of burglary, criminal mischief, illegal dumping and property damage. Read more:
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