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SOUTH JORDAN — A popular South Jordan golf course that was in jeopardy of being sold for private land development will be saved by the city, officials announced Tuesday.
Glenmoor Golf Course, a privately-owned golf spot built in 1968, stirred controversy in 2017 when litigation between the course’s owners caused the court to order the land to be sold for its highest value, the City of South Jordan’s website reads.
Homeowners, golfers and residents in the area became concerned when it appeared the golf course, at 9800 S. 4800 West, might be sold for private land development. The City of South Jordan took action to delay the possible development, but city officials weren’t able to find any legal restrictions to the development and the property owners soon threatened to sue the city, South Jordan officials said.
Instead, a court official approached the city with an opportunity for South Jordan to buy the course. The city said the cost to South Jordan would be about $18 million and told residents that purchasing the property could mean tax increases that would help South Jordan fund bonds that would make the purchase possible.
Over 400 people, many with “Save Glenmoor” t-shirt, showed up to City Council meetings on Aug. 7 and Aug. 21 to defend the course and discuss options, according to a report from the South Jordan Journal.
On Tuesday, the city announced that South Jordan would preserve the golf course through “various funding options” that would not include bonds, increased taxes or selling Mulligans — charging for “do-overs” on the course.
The city will enter into an official agreement in the “next few weeks,” South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey said during the Tuesday council meeting.
“As a Council, we look forward to completing the transaction, preserving this historic gem and conserving precious open space. We look forward to sharing more details with you in the future,” Ramsey said.
Neither the council nor the property owners were able to give more information about the funding options the city will use to purchase the course.