Post Number: 865
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:05 pm: || |
Amy Lee / The Detroit News
The Detroit City Council on Thursday quietly agreed to sell Rogell Golf Course to Greater Grace Temple for $2.5 million.
The 120-acre site at the south side of West Seven Mile between Lahser and Grand River was deemed surplus by the Detroit Recreation Department. It is also a portion of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's overall plan to sell off city property to raise $30 million.
The golf course is zoned residential but can accommodate churches, schools and other recreation facilities.
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070412/U PDATE/704120450/1003
Post Number: 938
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:23 pm: || |
So where's the city going to get money after all the parks and golf courses are sold off?
Post Number: 422
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:33 pm: || |
$20,833.33 an acre? Why was it not put up for auction to the highest bidder?
Clearly, the City of Detroit sold itself short on that deal. Looks like "Bishop" Charles H. Ellis III was saying loads of prayers to get that sweet deal or the "Prophetess" Juanita Bynum delivered some anointed word to the City Council that they could not resist.
Post Number: 338
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:34 pm: || |
Quietly alright it is such a small article. I hate to see the loss of any open space in the urban areas of SE MI.
Post Number: 1177
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 6:57 pm: || |
It would not surprise me if the church keeps the golf course, privatizes it, and moves in a banquet facility.
Of course since it is a church it would not pay any taxes.......
Post Number: 388
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 7:00 pm: || |
120 acres - NO TAXES! Ridiculous
Post Number: 86
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 7:04 pm: || |
fareast - no need to fret about the loss of open space in the D. as the city's existing housing stock continues to be abandoned and demolished, the city is gaining much more open space than it is losing. i don't see this trend ending anytime soon.
Post Number: 771
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 8:12 pm: || |
Where are my fraternity brothers in Detroit going to drink beer from icy coolers while playing golf now?
Post Number: 149
|Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 8:34 pm: || |
Rogell is one of the great historical golf courses in Detroit- once known as the Redford Country Club, it was built by the "Albert Kahn" of golf course design- the master Donald Ross.
If this course closes, it would be as tragic as a fine building being torn down.
Here's what I wrote a few years back:
Rogell Golf Club
Local golf course architect and author Jeff Mingay gave me the inside track on Rogell and said it was one his favourite Ross courses – mainly because little has changed since Ross designed it in 1921. Renamed after Detroit Tigers’ great Bill Rogell, it was original known as the Redford Country Club; the course is now run by the city of Detroit.
Rogell is vintage Ross – rolling fairways and small undulating greens. While the front nine has a few holes that are less than spectacular, the sloping terrain can make things very challenging.
The back nine features a set of holes that are a pleasure to play, beginning at the 11th hole, cut though a narrow chute of trees and the 12th – a vintage Ross hole that must be seen to be appreciated.
With its many hills and dales, Rogell is a tough walk compared to the flat courses of Essex County. And don’t expect a pristine course at Rogell – it can be a little rough around the edges. Do expect to be surprised, and to enjoy a sensational round of golf at one of the best kept secrets in the Border Cities.