Fort Mill Times

Plans for Regent Park Golf Club redevelopment take shape

Golfers warm up for a recent round at Regent Park in Fort Mill.
Golfers warm up for a recent round at Regent Park in Fort Mill.

Plans for the first redevelopment phase of the Regent Park Golf Club are ready for public review.

Two items on the York County Planning Commission agenda for Monday deal with the golf course – the 60-townhome Pikeview Place development and a 462-foot extension of Pikeview Road to support it.

A proposal for 94 single-family homes on another part of the golf course is expected at a later meeting.

The Pikeview extension would cut through golf course parking, and a connection for future residential development would cut through the instructional area, just beside the pro shop. The townhome project sits west of the extension and includes the remainder of the present parking space.

The townhomes likely are just the first wave. In early October, Regent Park residents learned there were plans for the 60 townhomes along with 250 apartments on the golf course. An Oct. 30 message from the community association to residents gave more information.

According to the community association, parcels planned for redevelopment include those containing the clubhouse, driving range and holes 1, 9 and 10. Planned are the townhomes, 288 upscale apartments and 200 or more single-family homes.

The Berry Co. is developing the four-story apartment complex and the townhomes. Meritage Homes would build the single-family homes. Cart paths along the golf course likely would remain as paths connecting the new residential developments.

Regent Park Golf Club is a 250-acre Ron Garl design, with a 26-acre practice facility. A banquet and conference center accommodates up to 200 people. The site has a full-service restaurant and bar. The club sits on the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, spanning two states and three counties.

Jon Gatewood, a Charlotte resident, plays the course at Regent Park about once a month. He said he isn’t looking forward to the redevelopment.

“It’s a good course,” he said. “It’s priced just right for the shape it’s in. It’s convenient for people in Charlotte.”

George Dunlap, owner of the Pinetuck course in Rock Hill, said he wasn’t shocked to hear redevelopment plans.

“The golf business is not what it was 20 years ago,” Dunlap said.