Lundy Reveals Plans For Thompson Park Golf Course

Lundy Reveals Plans For Thompson Park Golf Course

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The future of the golf course in Watertown's Thompson Park could include a year-round restaurant and town houses.

If developer Mike Lundy buys the Watertown Golf Club, he wants to keep the golf course, but he wants to fix it up and add to it. 

But there are plenty of hurdles to jump over first.

"Our intention is to develop the whole facility," Lundy said. "Club house and pro shop are in pretty rough shape, so our intention would be to tear them down and start over."

Lundy's set to buy the golf club from the current owner as long as city lawmakers agree. 

The city owns half of the golf course. Lundy pitched his plan to Mayor Joe Butler and the city council Monday night. 

Lundy's plan is to buy the other half of the golf course and trade it to the city in exchange for a 15-acre plot of land where he would build housing.

"Luxury town houses, they would skirt the backside of the gold course," he said. "You wouldn't be able to see it from the rest of the park, you'd have to go into a private drive that we would build."

In the deal, the city would gain around 50-acres of land.. Lundy wants nearly a century-long lease on it.

"As a group I thought the council was fairly excited about the residential component," Butler said, "as long as you maintain the integrity of the park over the long haul."

Another hurdle will be getting the state's approval as the deal would make changes to park land. 

The current owner will run the Watertown Golf Club this upcoming year. If things work out, Lundy says he would take over after that.

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