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Durham course's future concerns golfers, neighbors

Posted September 22, 2011

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— A 100-year-old Durham golf course could soon become part of history.

Hillandale Golf Course is owned by a foundation affiliated with SunTrust bank, and bank officials want to unload the course because it has been losing money in recent years. A contract that pays a Raleigh firm to manage the course adds to its money woes.

SunTrust has set an Oct. 31 closing date for the course unless a new owner can be found.

Durham officials are still discussing taking over the property, but other local golf course owners have panned that idea, saying they don't want to compete with a subsidized municipal course.

Hillandale's neighbors planned to meet Thursday night to discuss the 100-acre course's future and what it could mean for the area.

Hillandale Golf Course Strapped Durham golf course may close

"I understand what the expense of running a golf course is, and I'm sure the city doesn't have the money to do it," neighbor Bob Burns said. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'd love to see it stay open."

Meanwhile, golfers are trying to squeeze in a final round.

"I haven't played here in years, and I just found out it's closing," golfer Mike Poock said. "This is really sad to see. Hillandale is somewhat of an icon around here."


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  • jaxclayton Sep 23, 2011

    Hillandale should be saved, not only because it's a golf course, but the greenspace is valuable. An overgrown, vacant field or something else whould be a terrific negative in this part of West Durham.

  • CAROLINA43 Sep 23, 2011

    I definitely would like to play the course again before it closes.

  • turkeydance Sep 22, 2011

    golf, in general, is a baby-boomer game. the under-30 crowd
    enjoys video gaming. virtual beats real when it comes to
    actual $ cost. playing $55 for 4 hours of real golf?
    twice a year, maybe, but not twice a month.

  • mmtlash Sep 22, 2011

    it would be a shame if the course closed....I'd hate for the land to become yet another apt complex (that part of Durham seems to have enough apartments already)....that area by I-85 in Durham is a tricky market though....it's not a bad area....but it's not a hot market like the Southpoint side of town....