By Sonya Stevens
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) – The Crowfield Golf Course now belongs solely to the City of Goose Creek.
Ten years ago, a private company put the course up on the auction block and the city took a chance; they took out a big loan and bought it, but now it is paid off and they can start making money on it.
"I think it's a wonderful golf course," said John Brown, who is a member of the Crowfield Golf Club. "I live in the Hamlets here and use the golf course a lot. It's a beautiful golf course, one of the best in the area. I think they have done a fantastic job. I'm real proud of the city for doing it."
There are over 100 members and almost half of them live close enough to drive their golf carts to play.
"We live in this neighborhood because of the golf course," said David Brand, who is out on the course regularly.
Even those who don't live in the surrounding neighborhood say it's in a great location.
"It's super convenient, easy to get to; people out here are super friendly. It's a member course. It's also open to the public, so yeah, I love it," said Christopher Osteen, who practices on the driving range several times a week.
For these guys, it's a golf course but for the mayor it's more.
"Some people look at it as a social amenity," said Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler. "I look at it as a recreational amenity. I also look at it as en environmental amenity because if you don't have roads, you don't have emissions from cars. If you have lawns and fairway and bunkers and forests and woodlands and water features then you don't have roofs that have asphalt and you don't have things that make life less desirable."
And the best news of all is that this golf course is here to stay for at least the next 25 years.
"I had a developer tell me he could put over 20 homes, almost two dozen homes, on the eight-acre practice range alone. That scared me and that's why I was so pleased that city council put a deed restriction that would prevent subdivision of the property for 25 years," said Heitzler.
The course is run by 32 City of Goose Creek employees.