Westpark Golf Club, a 50-year Leesburg stalwart, has closed its doors, announcing the shuttering on Facebook last weekend.
The golf course’s website has for all practical purposes shut down, with only an announcement of the course’s closing day.
The past couple years have been busy for Westpark. Leesburg Town Council celebrated the golf course’s 50th anniversary with a proclamation in 2018.
However, in late 2017 and early 2018, neighbors turned out to protest after a developer who owns the property proposed replacing the open space with houses. The land could hold 27 houses by-right, according to current zoning, but one plan has called for a 96-unit townhouse development.
Developer Lennar has proposed donating 129 acres to the town for public land.
The Leesburg Planning Commission held a public hearing about the development on Sept. 19, and a Town Council public hearing for the Westpark rezoning is scheduled for Nov. 12.