Residents fired up, fighting Legacy Golf course closure

HENDERSON, Nev. - Another local golf course has abruptly shut down in the Las Vegas valley. The latest golf course closure is the Legacy Golf Club in Henderson.

Angry residents attended a city council meeting Tuesday to urge city leaders fix the problem. Many of them holding a deed that states that the golf course should stay a golf course for another 20 years.
   
The 8 News NOW I-Team obtained a list of owners of the property, and it revealed trusts, not names. It's another part of the sale which has residents upset, all while scratching their heads.

"To come along and say we're not gonna honor this contract anymore is not only disingenuous but completely unfair," said Tom Sarnelli, a homeowner.

The sale of the golf course happened last week, and that led to the golf course being shut down.

Employees lost their jobs, and through a spokesperson, the new owners announced they intend on developing the land housing the golf course.

The City of Henderson says a rule is already being broken because abruptly putting up a gate is illegal. The council said the new owners need to communicate with the city more.

"As you can see behind me, the grass is starting to turn brown. A week ago this wasn't like this. It was all plush green," Sarnelli said.

Sarnelli, who says he's the board secretary for a group of 350 homes points to this deed from 1988 stating the golf course should remain a golf course for 50 years, and he says he's against any development there.

"It's gonna affect our quality of life," Sarnelli said. "We could potentially see more crime in the area, more congestion; it's just everything about this whole deal is just completely negative."

Sarnelli and other residents like Marianne Lanuti want the City of Henderson to step in.

"What does that say about our community, and about Henderson," Lanuti said. "Is this a place to call home?"

"Right now, we want our golf course back. Period. End of story," according to Sarnelli.

A spokeswoman for the group of owners she refers to as local businessmen said the golf course was shut down because it was struggling and not profitable.
   
Over the next few months, trustees will work with the city and nearby residents and businesses.
   


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