Mark D. Moore, the new owner of the Sapona Ridge Country Club is reported saying he’s weighing multiple options for the property. Amongst other things is reopening the currently unprofitable golf course or putting the land in a conservation trust.
After Mark D. Moore finalized his $1.2 million purchase of the 172-acre property on Monday from the previous owners NASCAR legend Richard Childress, according to documents filed with the Davidson County Register of Deeds Office. Moore immediately shut down the golf course to begin renovations.
He is also actively meeting with leadership and homeowners to take-in their inputs. He added that he wants the best option that serves the community and is also worthwhile.
His favorite option is working with members and homeowners to quickly get the golf course reopened and to make it one of the best golf courses in Lexington.
However, plan B is to put the land in a conservation easement to protect it and ensure that all homeowners who live there currently have protection in a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of the community for longer than the period allowed by law, so no one else could develop the land.
“A lot of these golf courses that were developed a long time ago, there were no protections put in place for the homeowners who bought into the community, so there are no encumbrances or easements that currently protect them for this land to remain in its natural beauty state that it is,” Moore said. “That is why if we can’t reopen it as a golf course, then I would ensure that those protections were put in place.
″No trees are being cut down, no developments are going in. In fact, it was the beauty of Sapona Ridge that brought me to this area as well as sitting down with Mr. (Richard) Childress and understanding the commitment that he’s made over the last six years to help it recover from the downturn and the foreclosure that it went through.”
Sapona Ridge Country Club was purchased in 2012 by Three R Holdings, owned by Childress, a NASCAR team owner who lives in Davidson County.
Moore has worked for NASA for more than 30 years in performing design studies of advanced aircraft. In February 2017, Uber hired Moore to work on the company’s flying-car project. The project envisions air taxis to shuttle people to locations.
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