Fort Mill, S.C. - Homeowners who paid top dollar to have a scenic view just lost their six-month-long battle to new development Monday night. The folks in Fort Mill’s Regent Park say - by next year - they say they'll be looking out on row of new houses instead of a golf course.
The peace and quiet is about to disappear.
"Where I look out now and see this faraway and pond, I’ll be looking at the back of some two-story houses," said John Brown.
He has lived on the Regent Park Golf Course for about a decade.
"I paid a premium to be here on the golf course, but the golf course property is not tied legally to our property in any way that we know," said Brown.
Monday night, York County Council said yes to rezone close to 27 acres of the golf course which will allow Meritage homes to build 60 new houses.
"We fought it as long as we could. We would have like to have found a way to keep the golf course to keep running as a golf course. That's not going to happen anymore. We're sorry to see it go," said Brown. Golfers say they’re also sorry to see it go.
"It's a shame. I collected a logo ball - a golf ball that has the name of the course - at every new course I play. This is going to be a unique one because I know I won't be able to play it again," said Reginald Hoover, who spent the day on the course.
He says it's hard to find a place to play that doesn't break the bank.
"Versus going to a course that charges $150, $200, $250 dollars just for the greens fees to get on here. You get in here for $25 dollars with all the thrills you get at the pricier courses," said Hoover.
Homeowners say they're looking at losing anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand dollars in property value with the new development and losing the golf course.
We reached out to Meritage Homes for comment, but they did not respond. As for the golf course itself, we're told it's privately owned and can be sold just like any other private property.