Could Hollydale Become a Public Golf Course? Petitioners Say Yes
There are now more than 7,000 signatures on an online petition to preserve Hollydale golf course and turn it into a natural, open recreational facility.
Could that be a golf course owned an operated by the city of Plymouth?
Petitioners hope so. In late 2019, the owners of the Hollydale property retired and sold the course to a developer, contingent on the city changing zoning of the land from a golf course to a residential development. Neighbors packed city council meetings, protesting the development and destruction of green space.
One of the petitioners named Paul Hillen updated the city council in an open forum on June 9 advocating for a city-owned golf course.
“We hope this encourages you to find a way to purchase and operate the golf course,” said Hillen, when speaking of the numbers on the online petition.
Hillen says he lives a short distance away from the course, as does another person who spoke in favor of a city-operated course.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property. It would be a shame for it go to to 319 homes,” said John Cherney.
The Plymouth City Council went into closed session with the city attorney on May 12 regarding the Hollydale golf course land. The published outcome of the meeting was that the city council will continue exploring acquisition of the Hollydale land for a potential golf course.