The driving range at Conway Golf Club will soon become the site of Conway’s newest subdivision, officially named Country Club Landing by Conway City Council at its most recent meeting.
JD Investing plans to start presales for six 1,500 to 2,000-square-foot homes, early in August, according to Linda Phillips, broker at Phillips Realty in Surfside, who is handling the sales.
The golf club has been struggling under a debt of about $250,000 for several years, staying just one step ahead of foreclosure by Conway National Bank for about one year now.
Stockholders agreed to sell the driving range and a single lot at the end of the first hole to raise enough money to pay down their debt.
Although the planned development leaves plenty of green space, the driving range will be lost to golfers.
The club is expected to follow the design of Caledonia Golf Club that has a putting green and a net for golfers to use to warm up and check out their swings.
About JD Investing, Phillips said, “They’re just a couple of guys, one from North Carolina and one from South Carolina. They’re partnering with a builder and just doing this small project. One of them owns property here, but he lives in Charlotte.”
She says that investor fell in love with Conway Country Club, “so it’s just been a good fit.”
Phillips will do the marketing on the project. She can be reached at 997-1613.
She thinks Conway is the place to be buying and selling houses right now.
According to her statistics, the Conway area including Bucksport, Long Avenue, Old Reaves Ferry Road and S.C. 90 between the waterway and Red Hill recorded 1,170 home sales during the past year. During the same time, Carolina Forest had 591 sales and Surfside recorded 316.
“That’s why when this opportunity came along, you got to go wow,” she said. “We’re excited about it. We’re really excited to have this opportunity to participate in the whole process. It’s a really good opportunity for us and the community.”
Phillips couldn’t give a price range for the new homes, saying the three floor plans haven’t been finalized.
However, she knows that the group wants the houses to continue with the look of the country club area.
Lots will be 100x113, with a natural area running either down the side or across the back.
Approval to annex the property and approve the subdivision plan took only minutes for Conway City Council.
However, councilmen William Goldfinch and Tom Anderson both wanted to alert anyone involved in the sales and purchases that long-range plans for Conway include widening Country Club Drive to two lanes in each direction. The right-of-way on the road is 66 feet, or 33 feet on either side of the white lane.
Phillips says the buyers are aware of that and she thinks they’ve made accommodations for it.
“I think we’re going to do a pretty hefty setback on the front to allow for that,” she said, adding that the ditch will be piped and she expects the city to require a sidewalk.
“We want them (buyers) to have a long happy future with these homes, so we’ll take that into consideration...We’ve got a lot of depth there. I think it will be okay,” she said.
Club officials were not available for comment.