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My congratulations to Susi Fathauer for her letter, “No to more homes, traffic” on July 2, as she scored a hole-in-one. The core issue in play really isn’t about golf “it’s about open space.” We need to protect our environment and the keeping the current open spaces — open does just that.
While all the attention is on The Lakes Golf Course takeover by Pulte, it looks like the Ahwatukee Country Club golf course is going downhill. There are brown patches of grass and it looks like it isn’t being fully watered. Wilson Gee says he’s going to keep the Ahwatukee Country Club golf course, but it appears it’s scheduled to die out also.
The lakes at The Lakes are no more.
In order to keep the ball on the “fairways” and not in the “rough,” here is my green light idea. In the purchase contract to Pulte, stipulate the following conditions: The proceeds from the sale of the Lakes Golf Course shall be allocated as follows: First, the original purchase price of the property (based on recorded data) goes to Mr. [Wilson] Gee. That step would keep him whole. Second, the balance after repayment of the original purchase price would be divided as follows: a portion of the balance based on the CPI change from when Gee purchased the property to current date is given to him (say 15 percent but based on hard data) and as bonus for “being easy to do business with,” an additional 5 percent.
Please allow me to address the opinion piece by Mike Brilz, vice president of land for PulteGroup Arizona Division (June 4, AFN, “Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course solution), voicing Pulte’s eagerness to develop The Lakes Golf Course.
We ask homeowners to be on the alert for door bags that contain a goldenrod flier, a petition and self-addressed envelope. To stop the changing or amending of the declaration which states that the property shall be used for no purpose other than a golf course.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
Let’s start thinking outside the box or “Tee” for The Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course that Wilson Gee wants to sell to the Pulte Group.
I normally don’t write letters to the editor, but when I swore I saw Wilson Gee’s nose grow in his picture I had to respond (“An apology and the future of Ahwatukee Lakes,” AFN, May 21). Wilson Gee’s heart isn’t in Ahwatukee his WALLET is! We need to wake up, the big course is in terrible shape and The Lakes is already closed. This affects all of us, not just homeowners on the golf course.
A corporate Goliath’s campaign to turn Ahwatukee golf courses into housing tracts is ready for launch — but YOU have the power to take Goliath down now.
Golf courses don’t simply grow grass and trees — they also grow attachments between the land and the residents who live along the course’s borders.
After reading Wilson Gee’s impassioned letter (“An apology and the future of Ahwatukee Lakes,” May 21) in the AFN, I just could not pass it by without more comment. But my comments are about the Ahwatukee Golf Course, not the Lakes course. I can see this course heading the same way as the Lakes course. I enjoy eating at the Ahwatukee course clubhouse; the food is reasonably good and fairly priced. But the status of the clubhouse with its dirty carpeting, dirty Venetian blinds, cracked stucco, filthy/unsanitary restrooms, dead trees and brown fairways (because many irrigation sprinklers are not working) makes me believe Mr. Gee is letting this course go in the same direction as the Lakes course.
In reference to Wilson Gee’s “An apology and the future of Ahwatukee Lakes,” May 21. This is not an apology, it is just more propaganda to sway the residents to vote to approve the sale to Pulte Homes. He states that like other golf courses in the Valley that his golf courses simply cannot attract enough paying customers to keep the links open.
Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course owner Wilson Gee committed an array of errors in his Guest Commentary “An apology and the future of Ahwatukee Lakes” which appeared in the May 21 edition of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Please allow me to correct the record.
No entrepreneur wants to see a business fail, even more so when that business is a labor of love. Golf has been my passion for more than four decades, and as the owner of four Arizona courses, the highly publicized failure of one of them — the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club — bothers me, as I know it bothers the homeowners closest to the course.
Last week I was contacted by phone and asked to participate in an opinion poll regarding the Lakes Golf Course. It turned out that the poll was not conducted to get research data, but to try to influence my opinion about the future of the Lakes Golf Course. It was a “push poll!” A push poll is “an ostensible opinion poll in which the true objective is to sway voters using loaded or manipulative questions. This is done intentionally to camouflage the true nature of the push poll (Oxford Dictionary).”
The lakes on the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course will be drained this week and animals moved to another site, according to a public letter from golf course owner Wilson Gee.
When Randall Presley began to develop Ahwatukee south of Warner Road, his engineers confronted a network of washes that ran into an unnamed stream. City of Phoenix Floodplain Management records designate that unnamed stream a “thalweg” — the lowest point in a Valley, prone to flooding.
The Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM) has been accused of being dormant over the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course since it closed last year, but those in charge say it’s not possible for the homeowners association to do any more.
Save the Lakes is on a mission not to purchase the closed Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course, but to better understand if it can be brought back to life and to encourage homeowners to keep it protected.
Taking aim at blighted golf courses around the city, including the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course, a Phoenix City Council subcommittee this past week moved forward with changes to the city’s zoning ordinance regarding open space protections on golf courses.
When is Wilson Gee going to “ _______or get off the pot?” As far as his golf course maintenance is concerned, I live along the 11th fairway and there is so much dead grass areas that when they mow the weeds close to my fence and on the other side of the course, there is dust rising higher than the mowers. This is also true with the mowing on the now closed course. This is dangerous (causing lung conditions) and also leaves a layer of dust on my patio that I really did not bargain for when I paid a premium for my home along the golf course. GET IT FIXED MR. GEE!
A golf course with open space adds value to homes and neighborhoods that, once lost, can never be reclaimed. I’ve noticed most people discussing The Lakes at Ahwatukee Golf Course ask “IF” the course is developed, what then?
You’re probably aware that Pulte Homes is trying to purchase the now-defunct Lakes Golf Club and put up almost 300 homes. Owner Wilson Gee closed the course last May and is trying to sell it to Pulte. Pulte is touting the move as an “enhancement” to Ahwatukee. But, the existing CC&Rs strictly forbid the course’s use for any purpose other than a golf course. Even worse, Pulte’s plan to “set aside” the CC&Rs would automatically apply to the Ahwatukee Country Club as well.