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Las Vegas builder buys shuttered golf course, plans 1,600 homes

BY Eli Segall

A Las Vegas homebuilder has taken ownership of a now-shuttered golf course with plans to build more than 1,600 homes.

Touchstone Living closed its $33.7 million purchase of Royal Links Golf Club on Dec. 23, property records show.

The last day to play golf at Royal Links, a roughly 162-acre property along Vegas Valley Drive about a mile east of Nellis Boulevard, was Dec. 17, according to a message on its website.

Work crews started removing the course around the start of the year, Touchstone founder Tom McCormick said this week.

Touchstone’s sprawling development would bring lower-priced housing to a market that accelerated last year with rapid sales and record-high prices, all while paving over a golf course that was once owned by sports bettor Bill Walters and immersed in controversy years ago.

McCormick said his plans call for 1,298 homes — all attached two-story dwellings — on the main 130-acre section of Royal Links south of Vegas Valley Drive, as well as 25 acres of parks there.

The golf course will be removed in phases, and trees from the property are being relocated around the perimeter of the new community, he said.

McCormick said he also is looking to build 320 homes on the 32-acre section of Royal Links north of Vegas Valley Drive, though his development plans for that portion of the course haven’t been finalized.

Scottsdale Golf Group founder Shelby Futch, whose firm operated Royal Links, sold the course to the developer, records indicate.

He did not respond to a request for comment.

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