Yesterday OVA President Steve Spanier made the announcement that he had resigned his Golf membership in order to be able to help guide the association through this 11th hour and most critical phase in its relationship with the Oakmont Golf Club.
Citing the OGC’s intent to sell the golf operation, Spanier wrote the following in his last president’s message:
“I consider this to be the most urgent issue Oakmont has faced in decades. From now on, I will be “all in” working to protect resident interests and will keep you informed as we go.”
No proposals were made, but a meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday promises to be devoted to a discussion of the fraught issue. Pondering the outcome we look at our situation.
A river of green grass meanders through our village. Although only about 500 of our 3200 homes experience its immediate nearness, all residents benefit from the openness and close to nature feeling that the 220 acres of greenery convey to the adjoining neighborhoods.
From a point of uncertainty we look at the future of our golf courses. Article after article describe the trials and tribulations that have befallen golf communities from one end of the country to the other. The ending is not always a happy one.
Frequently the courses fall into disrepair and become a blight on the landscape. Repurposing the land is fraught with zoning difficulties and lawsuits by homeowners. Some associations manage to transition from turf grass to native growth; a lucky few communities continue by establishing parks.
What will Oakmont look like in a few years? Will a national chain of golf club investors have bought the Oakmont Golf Club and successfully operate at least one if not both courses? Or will development interest have won the day? Can OVA’s belated entry into the discussion save the OGC from the described scenarios?
At this very moment in time, Oakmont seems to be caught at an inflection point in its decades old history, wondering about the future and concerned over its fate