• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Plan to reopen golf course approved

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a development plan on July 12 that allows Frontier Nursing University to reopen a golf course (formerly known as The Brook) at 2260 Lexington Road.

A new clubhouse and golf cart storage barn have replaced an old clubhouse on the property, with additional landscaping required for a reconstructed parking lot.

“The course is close to playing condition,” said Michael Steinmetz, executive vice president for finance and facilities at Frontier Nursing University. “We should be open Aug. 3rd – is the current date we are targeting.”

Steinmetz said the apartments and a three-bedroom house adjacent to the golf course (now called Woodford Lakes Golf Club) will be used as temporary offices for Frontier Nursing University’s administrative staff while construction happens on its future campus, formerly occupied by the Methodist Home. Buildings on the campus are being renovated and a new dining hall/fitness center/gift shop will also be built there, he added.

“We should see the main renovations kicking up in early August and it will probably take us around 14 months to complete the campus,” Steinmetz said.

He said residential spaces will eventually provide temporary housing for visiting faculty, students and their families.

“We’re glad to be here,” said Steinmetz. “We think the (golf) course will do real well” under the management of Davey Golf, which he said operates around 20 golf courses across the country.

Frontier Nursing University purchased the United Methodist Home campus and adjacent property, including the golf course in October 2017.

Perry chairs meeting

In the absence of Chair Chad Wells, Vice Chair Patty Perry presided over last Thursday’s meeting. She was the first woman to chair a commission meeting in the almost 25 years that Pattie Wilson has been planning director and maybe ever, Wilson told commission members.

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