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2 New Golf Courses, 2,700 Homes Swing into Harnett County

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LILLINGTON — A neighborhood in Harnett County is swinging into the golfing craze with two courses and 2,700 new homes, and it has a big name golfer designing the course.

The 1,700 acres of woods near the Anderson Creek neighborhood will soon start taking the shape of a golf course community. If all goes as planned, the first phase of construction of one golf course and 800 homes will begin next month.

Within the green of the forest, Reverend George Fitzpatrick sees green -- golf course green. Plans for the two new golf courses within walking distance of his Anderson Creek home have him swinging with joy.

"I'm a senior citizen and that would be something for me to do, instead of sitting around being a couch potato," Fitzpatrick said.

The new course, designed by pro golfer Davis Love III, will be surrounded by more than 2,700 expensive homes.

Guy Cayton has lived in the Harnett County community for more than 10 years. He is developing some land of his own and welcomes other construction.

"You have to kind of share I think, and we have a good thing going out here," Cayton said. "And I think that's what has made it attractive to the developer that's coming out here. I know it has for me."

Just 20 miles north ofFayetteville, developers hope to attract retired military to the area, but some neighbors are not too excited about attracting anyone.

"I don't think I like it that much," says Lisa Kenney, who moved to the area 2 years ago because it was peaceful. She worries that her small community will soon have that big city feel.

"We don't have all that busyness," Kenney said. "It's nice. It's quiet. If we want to go into town, we can go into town and be with all that."

The first course, which will be public, is expected to open next fall. The entire development is expected to take 10 years.


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