NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio – A New Franklin native is on course to make his community a place more people can enjoy after his purchase of a historic golf course in the Portage Lakes area south of Akron.
Tim Adkins, a Portage Lakes businessman, recently paid $8.5 million for the Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links, a 27-hole course that has been around since 1925.
The course was under threat of becoming a 450- to 500-house development by a national developer after the family decided to sell the property that has been in the family since well before it was a golf course more than 100 years ago.
Adkins, who owns several businesses in the area, said he was not about to let that happen.
“I drive by that golf course multiple times a day. Everywhere I go, I come back by that golf course. They were just going to put 500 cookie cutter homes on that property. And I just didn’t want it. And I don’t think anybody in the Portage Lakes wanted it. This community is very tight knit. It’s a great community. “I want my son to grow up here,” he said.
The lifelong Portage Lakes resident added that he planned on doing something more meaningful.
Adkins has plans to create high-end homes on the course’s “water 9” lakefront targeting potential homeowners 55 years and older, reducing the playable holes from 27 to 18. He also wants to make the development more than just a place to golf and live , so that the community can enjoy it.
“I always wanted to live on the water, and if I’m able to get it zoned mixed-use, I could put a little coffee shop on the water,” he said. “And anybody who lives in the area could come down and sit by the water watching the boats go by while drinking a cup of coffee or eating a deli sandwich. But I just think it gives other people in the community the opportunity to be by the water.”
Something else Adkins wants to add is a working water and sewer system, which would cost about $9.5 million to implement. He noted that this would not only make the development functional, but it would also allow people in the area who had to live with failed water and septic systems to have access to this new system as well.
In the meantime, Adkins said he does not anticipate any construction to begin until at least one year out. He added that he has been shopping around for design proposals and working with local officials to continue to focus on what is best for the community.
The course is rated above average in the “solid” to “must play” range, according to GolfClevelandOhio.com, an extensive course-rating website that notes: “Despite a rather ignoble name, this course is a wonderful test of golf. There are some truly beautiful holes with great elevation changes. Plays longer than you think.”
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