University City

Golf academy aims at pro hopefuls

A Charlotte developer has bought 42 acres on Cindy Lane and hopes to build a private golf training academy with a clubhouse and lodging on the site, opposite Hutchinson McDonald Road.

Jonathan Jarrett of Dillon Lake LLC wants the Charlotte City Council to rezone the undeveloped land in north Charlotte from residential to business. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Carolina Golf Lodge would cater to college sports hopefuls and individuals looking to join the professional circuit.

"This would be the kind of facility where folks would come in from out of town for an overnight stay or week stay for club fitting or a special instructor in town," said Robert G. Young, a planning and zoning consultant. "It's a very short-term, specialized stay."

Young said the site offers quick access to interstates and the airport. Training might be available from local, regional or national instructors who could help trainees improve their physical and mental skills to compete for college scholarships or a professional career.

Plans call for one phase of construction that would create three or four practice holes, target areas and putting greens. About 12 lodges are planned.

Jarrett is lining up financing for the project, Young said. Construction could start in about 18 months, if the council approved rezoning this year, he said.