Hundreds packed a room Tuesday night to fight for the Silverstone Golf Course. Silverstone is embroiled in a legal battle to keep the course open.
Tom Ells says he and his wife retired in the Silverstone Ranch community near Rainbow Boulevard and Grand Teton for the golf course, which is now shut down.
“It’s sad that we won’t get to play here anymore,” he said. “A lot different than we had paid for and what we had hoped for.”
Residents say the clubhouse was locked and maintenance stopped at the course last week, after new owner Desert Lifestyles took over.
“From indications, the developer has done this before in southern California,” said Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross. “He’s got a track record of not treating neighbors very well, so we’re very cognizant as the City of Las Vegas about this.”
Councilman Ross attended the homeowners association board meeting Tuesday night.
“This is going to be a battle and an epic fight,” he said.
Ross told homeowners the city would support them to ensure Silverstone Golf Course stays a golf course.
Tuesday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order to force the new owner to maintain the golf course after residents hired an attorney to take action.
“We’ve heard that we’re not trying to do anything, just sitting around,” said HOA Board President Frank Anderson. “(That) couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The attorney for the HOA tried to kick 8 News NOW out of the meeting, but residents invited the news media to cover the issue.
Many fear the new owner will redevelop the golf course into more homes. The Tuesday night meeting was the first official step to get the HOA board, homeowners and the city to work together to prevent that.
“I think it went very, very well, and I just hope they continue to do what they say they’re going to do,” homeowner Steve Hellerstein said.
Ronald Richards, the attorney representing the company that bought the golf course, said in a statement:
“The golf business operations and course were closed at the time of purchase. It was sold AS IS for land value only. We are not in the golf course operations business. All the equipment was taken by the former owner. We do not own it, nor did we purchase it. The previous owner spent five years subsidizing the golf course operations but could not long decimate their savings to do it. Like any businesses that lose money and are unprofitable, they went belly up and closed the operations.
We hope we can put together a new plan for this asset with the cooperation of our neighbors. We have no set agenda and are open to numerous avenues of use other than requiring us to subsidize someone else’s golf game or operate an asset that has no economically viable use to anyone except a privileged few.
It is not consistent with any legal principles anywhere in the United States of America that one landowner is legally required to operate land at a loss forever, for someone else’s benefit. Hopefully, we can jointly come up with a solution that will inure to the benefit of both landowners, and achieve everyone’s goals, in some form of a compromise.
It is not the Government’s job to finance a golf bailout for private property owners nor is it our job. Solving the problem requires a joint solution, and I have been receiving great ideas from our neighbors and we hope to implement a plan based upon that input.
We are confident we will work out a plan that is based upon community suggestions and consensus, and not take it or leave it demands.”