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Coffee Creek residents sue golf course owners

EDMOND, Okla. -The Coffee Creek golf course has been closed for about a year and a half now and the greens and club house have been abandoned.

Homeowners have been fighting the investment company that bought the golf course and closed it.

And now they’re taking their fight to court, filing a lawsuit against SACC Investment, LLC and Double Eagle Development, LLC.

As part of the lawsuit, they want the company to re-open and maintain the space near Kelly and Coffee Creek as a golf course.

But the companies have a plan to build single family homes, town homes and some retail space in the area.

"This neighborhood was developed as a golf course community. And the golf course being here just it's very beautiful, if you look around there's rolling hills, there's lots of trees, there's creeks in here and ponds, said David Jacobson. "And if that's all covered by homes and retail and commercial development, it'll kind of it'll spoil everything that's out here."

Coffee Creek was a booming golf course in the 90’s.

Jacobson bought his home out there 20 years ago, largely because of the golf course.

He thought his house would always back up to the greenery.

"Common sense tells you that if you've got a house on a golf course it's a little more valuable than one that's got a house on the other side of the fence on the back yard,” said Jacobson.

"What they want to do is require us to continue to operate a bankrupt golf course and continue to lose money. That's insane. No judge is ever going to order that,” said Randel Shadid, the attorney representing the company who owns the golf course.

Shadid says golf courses are no longer profitable and that his client should be able to develop their land how they see fit.

He calls the lawsuit a delay tactic and believes it won’t stand up in court.

"There's nothing in the covenants that requires my clients to maintain a golf course there and I expect this lawsuit will be thrown out pretty quickly,” said Shadid.

"We believe it needs to stay a golf course and the law will uphold us with that,” said Jacobson.

The land is already zoned for single family residences but the company needs the city to rezone for the commercial part of their development.

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