Longtime Bixby golf course closes; neighbors worry about the area

Longtime Bixby golf course closes; neighbors worry about the area (KTUL)

BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) - There’s a lot of new questions about what will be built on prime land in Bixby.

The White Hawk Golf Course closed for good.

Bixby has that small-town feel, with big city growth.

It seems that every street corner has a sign advertising a new housing addition.

White Hawk Golf Course could be next on the advertising list.

“We need recreational areas and green space,” neighbor Clay Butler said.

The owner of the 21-year-old golf course announced on social media he will be closing the course because of a long time decline in golf business.

“It is kind of a difficult pill to swallow at best,” Butler said. “I am sad to see it go.”

Butler has lived across the street from the course for nearly a decade.

His backyard is the green itself.

“The number one reason I bought this house is because of this golf course view,” Butler said.

Now that it’s closed down, Butler says he is getting out.

“We are putting our house on the market to sell,” he said.

Folks who didn’t want to go on camera say they are worried what the closing of the course will do to the area.

Butler says until now his property value was going up about 2.5 percent every year

“I’ve already taken money off of what I was going to list it at,” Butler said.

It’s still unknown what will happen to the land.

The golf course is located in a prime location that could attract families looking for an easy commute into Tulsa.

But that won’t happen unless a developer can get the zoning changed.

Under the current zoning, nothing else can be built on the land.

A relief for some, but a potential game changer for the many who moved here for the quiet and for the course itself.

“Could be the difference for someone being able to sell and someone having to stay here because they can’t get enough out of their property,” Butler said.

For the time being, the gates to the course are locked but there’s no for sale out front.

We reached out to the course but haven’t heard back.

The city says the owner of the land is responsible for maintaining it.

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