Le­gacy Golf Club set to re­open

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Sandy Lopez Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Af­ter an un­ex­pected and sud­den clo­sure and on­go­ing le­gal dis­putes, Le­gacy Golf Club in Hen­der­son is set to re­open Fri­day.

And Par Ex­cel­lence Drive Trust LLC own­ers Ge­orges Maalouf and Ed­die Had­dad are con­fi­dent the course has never looked bet­ter.

“The course con­di­tion is bet­ter than it’s ever been in the past sev­eral years,” Maalouf told the Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal Thurs­day. “I think golfers will be very pleased with the course, and it’s only go­ing to get bet­ter over time.”as of Wed­nes­day, the golf course had 60 golfers who sched­uled tee times for open­ing day, Had­dad said.

“We’re very ex­cited about the

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open­ing,” Had­dad said. “What an op­por­tune time for golf. The weather is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful and we wel­come ev­ery­one to come out and en­joy it.”

Le­gal bat­tles con­tinue

Par Trust closed the course July 5, and home­own­ers in the 350-home Grand Le­gacy As­so­ci­a­tion soon went to court. Fear­ing the new own­ers would try to raze the course and build homes, the home­own­ers sued, ar­gu­ing that the prop­erty is re­stricted from de­vel­op­ment for an­other 21 years.

Two other HOA groups — bring­ing

to about 2,000 the to­tal num­ber of res­i­dents try­ing to stave off de­vel­op­ment — later joined the fight, and a trial has been sched­uled for March.

Tom Sar­nelli, a board mem­ber of the Grand Le­gacy as­so­ci­a­tion, said the law­suit will re­main to en­sure that the 177-acre, 18-hole course re­mains open un­til 2038, as stated in the deed re­stric­tion.

Had­dad and Maalouf have said they want to work with the res­i­dents, who re­main dis­trust­ful of the new golf course own­ers.

“We’re not dis­put­ing the idea that this land can only be de­vel­oped as a golf course, but that obli­ga­tion ends in about 20 years,” Maalouf said. “We’d like to give home­own­ers the cer­tainty that the course will re­main as a golf course long past the 20

years.”

The own­ers said they plan to meet with the sur­round­ing home­owner as­so­ci­a­tion boards in the com­ing months to dis­cuss their vi­sion, which may in­volve “lim­ited de­vel­op­ment that in­cludes ad­di­tional ameni­ties for the home­own­ers and some type of turf re­duc­tion.”

“The golf course is not de­signed with our desert cli­mate or water con­ser­va­tion in mind,” Maalouf said.

They hired golf course ar­chi­tect Pa­trick Bur­ton to “en­hance” the golf course.

“We want to be clear that we will keep away from those ar­eas oc­cu­pied by res­i­dents,” Had­dad said. “Our goals are one in the same. We’re just try­ing to make the course fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble.”

Home­own­ers sur­round­ing Le­gacy re­main wary.

“This is nowhere near be­ing over,” res­i­dent Rick Carter said. “They are not dis­clos­ing what’s go­ing on. Let’s start with the fact that they bought this prop­erty with two named peo­ple and seven blind trusts. Who is be­hind the trusts? What are they hid­ing?”

Ad­di­tion­ally, Carter said home val­ues have seen drops of between $60,000 and $90,000 due to the un­cer­tainty of the golf course’s fate.

“Our sin­gle big­gest as­set is our home,” Carter said. “That’s given us a lot of anx­i­ety.”

Con­tact Sandy Lopez at slopez@ re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-3834686. Fol­low @Jour­nalism­sandy on Twit­ter.

Joel An­gel Juarez

Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal @ja­juarezphoto A worker drives a cart at Le­gacy Golf Club on Thurs­day in Hen­der­son. The course is set to re­open Fri­day.

Par Ex­cel­lence Drive Trust LLC co-owner Ed­die Had­dad in­side the club­house Thurs­day at Le­gacy Golf Club in Hen­der­son.

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