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Buyout means golf range has 21 days

Published July 13, 2007


It was a match of golf vs. garbage: A two-year battle of Ace Golf Range vs. the Hillsborough County government.

Originally scheduled to close in June 2008 to make way for a waste-transfer facility expansion, the driving range on the site of a former landfill is to close in 21 days thanks to a $170,000 buyout from the county.

Golf range owner Bill Place said the buyout will help him recoup some of the $500,000 he has invested in the 8-year-old business at 7951 W Linebaugh Ave.

Place has been leasing that property from the county since 1999. In May 2005, commissioners ordered Place to vacate the property by June 2006 to make way for an expanded trash facility, but community support pushed them to extend the lease by two years.

After holding a public meeting where views were mixed and spending $29,000 to study other locations on the 160-acre tract for the expansion, the county decided to sacrifice the range in February 2006.

A landfill that accepted mostly yard waste and construction debris until the 1970s, the old Northwest Landfill has piles of garbage buried all over it. The driving range area has the least amount of garbage and is the flattest part of the old landfill, making it the safest and cheapest option to build upon, county officials say.

Construction costs for the expansion site approved in February 2006 were $960,000 less than what it would cost to expand the transfer station in an area that would have saved the driving range.

The expansion will enable the station to process northwestern Hillsborough's garbage for the next 20 years.

The expansion will move the garbage transfer station closer to Linebaugh, but the county plans to conceal it with a large, lengthy hedge, said James Ransom, public information officer for Solid Waste Management.

Amber Mobley can be reached at or 813 169-5311.

Fast Facts:

Gift card credits

Remaining credits on gift and member cards to Ace Golf Range, 7951 W Linebaugh Ave., may be used through Aug. 1, redeemed for merchandise or redeemed for golf rounds at Pebble Creek Golf. These cards and any merchandise warranties will also be honored any time at the Ace Golf ranges at 820 S Kings Ave. in Brandon and 12910 Boyette Road in Riverview.


[Last modified July 12, 2007, 07:56:48]

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