Officials of the Cedar Creek Development near DeSoto want their new golf course to attract attention, and hope that an award from a national golf magazine will help.
Golf Digest, a national magazine dedicated to the sport of golf, recently named the golf course, Shadow Glen, the best new course of 1989.
And the president of Cedar Creek Properties couldn't be more proud.
"We expect to fill up pretty rapidly next year," Charles Sunderland said of the golf club's membership. "The award should really set in people's mind just what we have."
The golf course, designed by professional golfers Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, is more than 7,000 yards of rolling hills, making the course championship caliber.
Fittingly, Watson holds the course record, a 68 on the par 72 course.
SUNDERLAND said the development company is half way to its goal of signing 365 members to the club's register.
The club, which opened in June, is private and separate from the housing development portion of Cedar Creek, Sunderland said. It is not restricted to Cedar Creek residents and anyone who pays the $30,000 initiation fee can join the club, he said. The membership fee is $250 a month.
Since March, the Ash Grove Cement Co., owner of Cedar Creek Properties, has sold 100 of the first 250 lots put on the market as part of Phase I of the residential development. Lot prices range from $30,000 to nearly $200,000, Sunderland said.
Packages including lots and homes are ranging from $200,000 up to $1 million in price.
THOSE PRICES should decline once the company is out from under initial startup costs, he said.
Sunderland said he was encouraged that the first 100 lots were sold so quickly.
"We've been really well received," he said.
Housing construction is under way at the development and five model homes were completed last October and are open for public viewing. The major road leading to the development should be finished in the spring.
Only 20 builders have been authorized to erect homes in Cedar Creek to help project owners control building quality and architectural and environmental regulations, Sunderland said.
All builders interested in the area submitted applications. Cedar Creek officials hand-picked the 20 builders they thought had the best track record and financial stability, Sunderland said.
DEVELOPMENT officials want to maintain as much of the area's woodsy atmosphere as possible, so they hired a full-time environmental biologist to ensure development did not destroy the natural elements, Sunderland said.
The area, which is south of Kansas Highway 10 on 103rd Street, is attracting residents from a variety of sources, Sunderland said. Much of the interest shown in the area has been from people in the Kansas City area, but many Lawrence couples who work in both Kansas City and Lawrence are showing an interest because the development is situated between the two cities, Sunderland said.
"It's been real diverse, and that's what we wanted," he said.
The 3,400-acre development is zoned to allow for 14,000 homes, but Sunderland said his company probably would limit the number of homes to about 7,000 to avoid unpleasantly high densities.
CURRENTLY, Ash Grove and Cedar Creek Properties are negotiating with commercial businesses that want to move into the area, Sunderland said, adding that when the project is fully developed, Cedar Creek will be its own self-contained community.
To help round out the community, developers have set aside six elementary school sites and one junior high school site to accommodate the expected flood of children into the area, he said.