Residents of Jones Creek are holding their collective breath, hoping something promising comes to bear on the golf course the neighborhood is built around….and soon. After shuttering last year, the course and clubhouse have fallen into a haggard state, making the drive through Jones Creek one of high stress and worry for those in the neighborhood concerned about the investments they’ve made in their homes. An 18 hole weed covered golf course threading through expensive homes is a real buzz kill in the real estate market.
A recent visit revealed weeds sprouting on the previously meticulously manicured course, with high grass and weeds leading to the pool next to the empty clubhouse. The swimming pool and tennis courts which share a parking lot with the Jones Creek Clubhouse are owned by the homeowner’s association.
The former owners blamed the county for stormwater runoff, saying it made it impossible to run a profitable business there. The county balked at paying to remedy what it says is the neighborhood’s problem, and because of this the previous owners abandoned the course.
Neighboring Westlake Country Club, Bartram Trail and Champions Retreat offer golfing enthusiast plenty of high end options, contributing to the worry surrounding potential suitors being interested in taking on the operation.
On a related topic, North Augusta endured the closing of the 172 acre North Augusta Country Club over a decade ago. Donnie Thompson purchased the abandoned course in July of 2012, maintaining the grass and facilities while attempting to find a buyer for the property.
The city and Thompson are now seemingly close to a deal involving a land swap, with Thompson receiving land at Northview Park off Five Notch Road for the former Country Club property.
It appears to be a win-win, with Thompson turning the centrally located land over to the city for additional greenspace, while accepting a larger, albeit further out tract of land in return.
Is there a Donnie Thompson out there for Jones Creek? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, residents of Jones Creek will have to get used to seeing their once manicured surroundings return back to nature.