Friday, June 26, 2009

Corpus' Kings Crossing to Close

Kings Crossing Country Club in Corpus Christi will cease golf course operations at the end of July, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The newspaper reports the clubhouse will remain open for social activities, but that the land currently used as a golf course will be up for grabs by developers, with housing the expected end result.

Kings Crossing opened in the late 1980s to much fanfare, a quasi-links design by architect Bill Coore, who went on to much greater fame as Ben Crenshaw's design partner (Coore also did a solo design at Rockport Country Club).

The club was sold in 2005 to a company called Kingley Properties. As part of the sale, Kingley was required to keep the golf course open for three years, but after that, the newspaper reported, no restrictions applied.

During those three years the new owners often antagonized the homeowners in the Kings Crossing neighborhood by sending letters threatening to shut the club if more residents didn't sign up for social memberships. Rather than scaring the homeowners, the letters seemed to have the opposite effect, generating a backlash against the club.

Now, the end of the golf course has actually arrived.

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