Rollandia Golf Course to remain open through summer

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Rollandia Golf Course to remain open through summer

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Renderings submitted to the Sugarcreek Twp. zoning commission shows plans for residential housing near the Cornerstone Development in Centerville. CONTRIBUTED

Plans to transform a golf course in Sugarcreek Twp. into high-end apartments and a senior living development have been delayed until October.

Developers originally said in September they had plans to purchase Rollandia Golf Center in Sugarcreek Twp. and turn the more than 50-acre executive golf course into high-end apartments and a senior living development.

The golf course, located next to the Cornerstone of Centerville development, will remain open until fall 2017.

Craig Fanning, owner of the Rollandia property at 6677D Boxwood Lane, told this newspaper he hoped to close on the deal in January. Now, the deal will likely close in fall and construction will start shortly after. Fanning said the development plan and zoning application have been approved by the Sugarcreek Twp. planning commission.

“There is a high degree of certainty that ground will be broken on Oct. 1,” Fanning said.

Developers have delayed the plans to finalize the senior living development portion of the plans, Fanning said. That give golfers one last year to play on the iconic course, he said.

“The golf course will remain open this summer,” Fanning said. “It’s going to be a nostalgia kind of thing. A lot of people grew up playing on this course. When the deal closes, then of course this will be the last season.”

Plans for the development include single-family detached homes targeted to empty-nesters and a multi-family rental community targeted to both empty-nesters and young professionals, said Brian Schottenstein, president of Columbus-based Schottenstein Real Estate Group, in a previous interview with this newspaper.

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Rollandia Golf Center, which opened in 1961, has been rumored for years as a prime property for development because of its proximity to Cornerstone. The Magic Castle fun center, located next to the golf course, will remain open. Zachary and Angela Fink, who ahve been leasing the Rollandia Golf Center, have the rights to continue operating the fun center.

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