Golf columnist Dennis Silvers at the former Badlands golf course in west valley, which has been closed. Las Vegas City Council this week narrowly rejected a housing proposal for the former course.

LV City Council Rejects Housing Project for Badlands Golf Course, But Owner Still Has Options

By DENNIS SILVERS

For those of you who think the Badlands Golf Club home development might be over because the Las Vegas City Council voted to deny the developer the go-ahead to build homes on the shuttered golf course property, I think you might be in for a surprise.

The Council voted, 4-3, to reject the most recent proposal submitted by EHB Cos., the land developer.

As expected, the newly elected councilman, Steve Seroka, was the person on the dais who made the motion to deny approval.

After all, Seroka won a recent heated city council election by defeating former Councilman Bob Beers because of his stance of opposing the plans submitted by CEO Yohan Lowie to develop hundreds of homes on the Badlands golf course.

So for now, the golf course remains closed, which means the grass and plants are dying because of no water.

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I took a look at the golf course today and It certainly has become a major eyesore for the folks living at the Queensridge Towers overlooking the course.

But all is not lost for EHB Cos. because the company still has options.

They could submit a revised set of development plans to the city. Ot the company can file a lawsuit and let the courts decide whether they were unjustly denied the residential plans. Or they could simply sell the property to someone else who might have a different vision of what to do with the golf course property.

This decision will be made, to some degree, by the company’s attorney, Jim Jimmerson. The financial impact to the city now is minimal, with property taxes still being paid on the 250-acre.

This situation in the west valley has turned into SilverStone Golf Club and Legacy Golf Club scenarios, where it appears the cases are headed for litigation.

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— Speaking of litigation, the membership at the historic Las Vegas Country Club is deciding Whether or not to file suit against the Wolff Company and Discovery Land, partners in the purchase of the club.

Very recently, representatives of the purchasers notified the management of Las Vegas Country Club that they were backing out of the deal after the membership approved the sale. A lot of speculation has surfaced about why they back out of the deal.

But I think it’s a safe bet that they will in fact file a lawsuit. It’s.something we should know soon. Discovery Land is the builder of the high-end The Summit Golf Course just west of Town Center.

— The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is having its first 2017 Golf Business TechCon Conference at Aria Resort & Casino Sept. 27 and 28.. This 2-day event for golf course owners, golf course operators and other industry professionals will spotlight some of the cutting-edge tools and marketing tactics currently transforming golf course operations.

Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com. Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com. After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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