New Course Planned for Kansas

In late November 2002, an Arizona developer announced plans for a 600-acre planned-unit community near Hutchinson, Kansas. At that time, Land Advisor Corp. was in the process of finalizing plans for the as-yet unnamed project, which will include an 18-hole regulation-length golf course, 550 single-family homes and 200 townhouses. Before it gets final approval, the developer will need a zoning change as the property lies in an unincorporated area of eastern Reno County.

The company has an option on the property owned by two local residents. Also planned are retail stores and offices, a 10-acre park and outdoor amphitheater, horse trails and pedestrian paths, a village center and a school. According to Land Advisor’s Lane Neville, “This is in the very preliminary stages, but we are very excited about (it).” Neville, a graduate of Hutchinson High School, told the Olathe (Kans.) Daily News that his interest in the project was sparked by publicity from last summer’s U.S. Women’s Open held at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

County commissioner Larry Sharp commented, “This is exactly the thing Reno County is looking for – additional development in the unincorporated areas of the county. I think the unincorporated areas have a very appealing landscape that could evolve into unique subdivisions like this one.”

Further reviews are planned before county officials sign off on the project. If all goes well, Reno County could have a new golf course in the summer or fall of 2004.