Cape Royal residents hope golf course reopens

Posted at 9:58 AM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 09:58:01-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Residents in a Cape Coral community are hoping someone will buy out their golf course that closed in August.

The Royal Tee Golf Course, located inside the Cape Royal community, looked somewhat dilapidated Sunday, after heavy rainfall and lack of maintenance. The course closed its doors in August, letting go all of its staff.

People who once enjoyed the course told Fox 4 the closure leaves them with only two other courses to play in the Cape. "It's sad. It's sad to see that a course, especially one with 27 holes, is in jeopardy," said one golfer.

Home owners in the development fear the land becoming an eyesore without proper maintenance. With the heavy rain in Florida, grass becomes overgrown. Neighbors called it a sad comparison to their usually kept, bright green grass. "That's what we want to see in the backyard and that's what we want to be able to do when I'm retired. Go golfing," said a resident.

Homeowners in the development may be in luck. Vice President of the Cape Royal Home Owners Association tells Fox 4 they've reached an agreement to use some HOA funding to cut the grass and keep the course looking nice until something can be done.

Most who live there want the course to reopen, saying it's a major benefit to the community, "I hope someone buys it and continues with the golf course," said a resident.

Those negotiations are underway. Meanwhile, maintenance of the grass starts this week.