Town hall meeting for Ahwatukee Lakes set for March 9

Town hall meeting for Ahwatukee Lakes set for March 9

Town hall meeting to present facts about Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course

Come and hear about the future of Ahwatukee, golf, and Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course at the Lakes Golf Course town hall meeting. Spoiler alert: Golf is not dead, as Wilson Gee and The True Life Cos. would have you believe.

The town hall meeting is at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E Cheyenne Drive.

This is your chance to get the other side of the story about golf and Ahwatukee Lakes. The experts will make brief presentations and answer questions from the audience. These persons are scheduled to attend.

  • Tim Barnes is attorney for Linda Swain and Eileen Breslin, who can discuss recent court rulings in our favor, the appeal, and pending efforts to hold the golf course owners in contempt for failing to begin course restoration.
  • Wayne Smith was the land planner for many of the planned developments in Ahwatukee. He designed the Presley developments in Ahwatukee, Mountain Park Ranch, and the Foothills. He will discuss why land was set aside for golf courses when Ahwatukee was designed and why removing them would be a bad idea. He also designed the Indian Bend Greenbelt, a park in Scottsdale that controls flooding in much the way the Lakes golf course was intended.
  • Buddie Johnson is a golf course appraiser and developer of Las Sendas who testified as an expert witness about the feasibility of restoring Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in the court case. Johnson believes that Ahwatukee Lakes could be a profitable course with an appropriate owner. He has been approached by several potential owner/operators for the course.
  • Two managers of golf courses similar to Ahwatukee Lakes will discuss how they kept their courses open during the economic and golf participation downturn. RJ Hawley of Millenium Golf was manager of Tempe Municipal Golf Courses. Don Rea is a director of the PGA of America and a director of the National Golf Course Owners Association. He is owner/operator of Augusta Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, an executive course. Rea is also owner/operator of Community Course Rescue Services, a business that helps golf courses get and stay profitable.

Hawley, Rea, and Johnson can discuss the outlook for golf in general and executive golf courses in particular.

Jeffery Hall, the president of the Save the Lakes organization, will moderate the discussion.

If you have questions for the panelists, save time by submitting your question in advance to

A brief business meeting for members of Save The Lakes will follow the Q&A.


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