Germantown Country Club closes; leaders meet to preserve facility

Germantown Country Club closing Thursday; leaders meet to preserve facility

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - After nearly 50 years, the Germantown Country Club closed its doors on Thursday.

City of Germantown officials met Thursday afternoon to discuss options to preserve the facility.

Members received a letter from the club last month announcing the closure after the passing of both the country club's owners.

Thursday, WMC5 spoke to a member who is hoping something can be done to keep the doors open.

Country club member Reg Germany was out on the golf course Thursday morning playing his final hole.

He says he was one of the first members to join when the club opened.

With Germantown nearly maxed out on undeveloped space, the property is catching the eye of developers and city leaders.

Mayor Mike Palazzolo has reached out to the trustees about the club's future.

The Parks and Recreational department is reviewing the city's options at a meeting Thursday night.

Germany said in case the club cannot be saved, he wanted to bid farewell.

“I just wanted to be here the last day,” Germany said. “One last time. I've already joined another club but I was going to play this one the last day.”

Mayor Palazzolo emphasized that he would push to keep the property zoning the same: residential.

Some leaders have suggested asking a group of investors to buy the club.

One of the things Germantown leaders are doing is getting an appraisal of the property before any decision is made.

Germantown Country Club closing Thursday; leaders meet to preserve facility

The question now is what’s to become of the property.

The results of a Germantown Parks and Rec’s work session that focused on buying the property and what to do with it will be released online Friday.

Kevin Young, Chairman of the Germantown Parks and Recreation Commission, solidly backs the idea of the city buying the Germantown Country Club.

It sits on 180 acres and is prime real estate in the heart of Germantown.

"Space inside of Germantown is limited, and I'd love to see us acquire that property for the future growth of the city,” Young said.

During a recent work session, the parks and rec steering committee voted 20 to1 in favor of buying the property.

But what to do with it?

Some Germantown residents on Twitter would like to see it remain an 18-hole golf course, tweeting "we have plenty of parks."

Another prefers a "9-hole municipal course. Turn the rest into park space."

Another said "make it a park."

"We're looking at it being an open space for a park,” Young said.

Young said the majority of the steering committee voted against maintaining golf operations.

They prefer a park with open space, multi-purpose sports fields, outdoor dining and socializing areas, trails and greenways, and festival areas.

The steering committee unanimously supports buying the property to mitigate flooding in the city.

Thirty-five percent of the club sits in a flood plain, but still, it's hot property and the city will likely have stiff competition from developers.

“I’m not against housing,” Young said. “We need it. But I would like them to properly utilize it and not build from corner to corner... edge to edge.”

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