Cleanup Starts At Closed Down Club West Golf Course

Cleanup Starts At Closed Down Club West Golf Course

The dumpster, trash and the tires have been removed along with other trash and debris.

New owners are removing weeds and trash from Phoenix course.

(AHWATUKEE) — Clean-up efforts have begun at the closed Club West Golf Course in Ahwatukee after new owners finalized their purchase of the property.

The Club West course has been closed since 2016. The course is littered with weeds, dead plants, brown grass as well as trash and graffiti. The clubhouse has been secured following numerous break-ins and vandalism which included extensive destruction of the interior and the breaking of all its windows.

Plans to clean up the entire Club West course commenced this week. Trash and weeds, some of which are more than 6 inches high, will be removed.  Dead plants will also be taken out by maintenance crews hired by the new owners. The entire course property will be cleaned up.

The community deserves much better than the eye sore the land has become over the past four years. The new owners hope the cleanup will breathe new life into the dead property and be the first step in the restoring and revitalizing what was once a ‘jewel of the community’.

The owners will give regular updates to the Club West HOA.

Revitalization plans for the closed course include developing a new park and greenbelt. Those plans could include a rose garden and sculpture garden with new owners hoping to convey the park to the Club West HOA as a community asset.

Plans will eventually go to Club West homeowners as well as the city of Phoenix for approvals.

The owners want to work with Club West residents and the entire community on finding a win-win solution that helps property values and quality of life. They want to create a community asset and do right by Club West residents. This comprehensive cleanup is part of that effort.

Club West Golf Course Finds New Direction

Course Finds New Direction with Revitalization Plans, Community Collaboration

(Ahwatukee) – The sale of the Club West Golf Course has been finalized and the new owners are working on a collaborative plan to revitalize the property.  The plans focus on a community effort to maximize park space and minimize residential development.

After initial attempts by The Edge to create a new golf experience at Club West, community members and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio requested that The Edge consider alternative development plans that reduce the number of single-family detached residential homes required to finance any revitalization plan for the Course.

The new plan, tentatively called The Park at Club West, will redevelop the course into a community park with enhanced trails, open spaces, and recreational amenities.  The golf course has been closed since 2016 and reopening it is not a viable option.

A collaborative design process has commenced with an eight (8) member Neighborhood Advisory Group established by Community Land Solutions (CLS), as representatives of The Edge. CLS has also retained a landscape architect for the project. The Neighborhood Advisory Group was established as a community liaison for CLS to provide initial community design inputs and feedback.

“We are neighbors first. We want to bring new green and open spaces to the shuttered Club West Golf Course. Our plans are community-minded and will raise property values,” said Matt Shearer, a principal with CLS, which is leading efforts to build the new park and greenbelt.

CLS and the Neighborhood Advisory Group are meeting on a weekly basis with the goal of distributing an initial Draft Park Plan to the Club West Community for additional input. Shearer said additional meetings and communications with community members are planned and welcomed as the Property revitalization plans move forward.

The process includes significant time for community presentations & feedback, open houses and community events and necessary votes of approval from the HOA, homeowners and City of Phoenix.

“We want open and transparent dialogues with all our neighbors and remain optimistic in uniting the community with sustainable solution that removes uncertainty and enhances property values. There is still a lot of misinformation surrounding the future redevelopment plans for the Property. We are confident that the current planning process will allow us to proceed with constructive discussions based on facts”, Shearer added.

Shearer is a principal with CLS along with Bill McManus and Mike Hare.

CLS and the Neighborhood Advisory Group are looking at how communities in Arizona (including in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Oro Valley) and other states (including in Washington state and Ohio) have repurposed closed golf courses with responsible development solutions to help revive their respective communities and property values.