MINT HILL – A high-end private golf course may be coming to town.
Developers Brian and Starr Haigler shared their plans to possibly build an 18-hole private country club on 200 acres on Brief Road with the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on April 11 at the town’s quarterly developer’s workshop.
The Haiglers are currently developing a 25-acre site at 9518 Brief Road called Haigler’s Inn. That project will include cottages, a small event venue, gift shop, café, chapel, spa and fitness center.
The Haiglers have the land for the proposed golf course under contract, and they have been in contact with representatives of a “gentleman” in Texas who has expressed interest in turning the property into a golf course.
“He is an ex-PGA player,” Brian Haigler said. “He is intending to fly in in the next couple of weeks.”
Brian Haigler said plans could also call for up to 20 homes around the 18-hole course.
“They would be high-end, maybe $600,000, $800,000, possibly a $1 million,” Brian Haigler said. “Very high scale.”
Starr Haigler said the developer would like to construct a golf course on par with Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.
“Those are the intentions of this developer,” Starr Haigler said.
But the Haiglers also presented the board a Plan B if the golf course proposal doesn’t come to fruition, and that would be a residential development with 213 homes ranging in price from $350,000 to $475,000.
“We intend the houses to be full brick, full stone,” Brian Haigler said. “What we would be building is on the high end of things.”
“Our preference is certainly the golf course,” Starr Haigler said. “We are certainly pushing this.”
Mayor Ted Biggers recommended the Haiglers come back before the board when they know what direction they intend to go. Biggers also wanted to know more about who would actually finance the project, saying golf courses have been a “money pit” for a lot of people.
“You are hitting us with a lot right here,” Biggers said. “I think you need to come back when you know which way you are going to go with it. I’m hesitant to wholeheartedly endorse that (golf course) because we want to make sure it is somebody that has the pockets to do it and sustain it.’’
The proposed site for the golf course or residential development is a little less than a mile from the Haigler Inn, which was approved last year by the town.
The couple’s goal was to develop additional land near the Haigler Inn after that project was finished but Starr Haigler said a chance to acquire additional property on Brief Road was too much to pass up.
“We had a vision for more and that perhaps in five to 10 years that opportunity would come,” Starr Haigler said. “We did not expect that opportunity to come sooner rather than later.”
Neighborhood proposed near Independence High
The board also heard a proposal by Tom Murphy to build 26 homes on a 16-acre parcel on Kuck Road. The land is located about a mile from Independence High School. If the project is approved, construction would start in early 2020.
Murphy said he would ask for several variances, including developing the property under the Conservation Ordinance despite the fact that that ordinance requires a minimum of 20 acres. He also asked that three lots be slightly smaller than the 12,500-square-foot lots required by the ordinance.
“I am asking for a few accommodations,” he said.
Murphy said the homes would range on average from 2,500 to 3,300 square feet and half the houses would be 100 percent brick while the rest would be 50 percent brick.
“I don’t want to do vinyl at all,” Murphy said.
Biggers said he wanted to go out and view the parcel before making a final decision. He also asked commissioners to visit the property.
“The variances, to me, seem to be minor to get a quality development in there,” Biggers said. “Generally, my impressions are positive.”
The quarterly developer’s workshop is designed for developers to bring proposals before the board to get feedback before going through the expense of the design and engineering process.