Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club could shut down in July

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 01:13:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club could close as soon as July, according to rumors being discussed by members, neighbors, and employees.

10News left messages by phone, internet, and email with course owner Kevin Hwang, but did not hear back. JC Resorts, the golf course management company, would not confirm the plans for the course's future.

Several residents who live in the neighborhood are anxious about the future of the property, telling 10News they worry Hwang will either attempt to build a large housing development on the course land or sell the property to another developer who will.

Reports of the closure come on the heels of several other recent golf course closures around San Diego County, many of which have led to clashes between homeowners and developers.

Plans for hundreds of new homes at the former Escondido Country Club and Stoneridge Country Club in Poway, both owned by developer Michael Schlesinger, were foiled by voters. Rancho Peñasquitos residents are currently attempting to stop a 500-home plan replacing the Carmel Highland Golf Course. That course closed in 2015.

Neighbors of all three of those courses refer to them as "eyesores", covered in dead grass and overgrowth from lack of maintenance.

Salt Creek Golf Course in Chula Vista shut down in May. The owners have not revealed their plans for the property.