500 new homes could replace Oak Cliff country club

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A housing developer has its sights on the 63-year-old golf course formerly known as the Oak Cliff Country Club.

Huffines Communities is in talks with the owners of the Golf Club of Dallas to purchase the club and redevelop it. The Dallas-based company is considering building as many as 500 new homes on the 150-acre site.

Elvio Bruni and Colin Huffines met with the Red Bird Advisory Board recently to reveal the plans.

According to a neighbor who attended that meeting:

  • If Huffines redeveloped the property, they would tear down the 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, which was built by Adams and Adams Architects around 1957.
  • The company would build 500 homes on 40-foot by 90-foot lots. The homes would have a “Cape Cod feeling” and be priced in the $200,000-$250,000 range.
  • Homes in the adjacent Wynnewood Hills and Elderwoods neighborhoods, mostly built in the 1960s, have large lots and currently sell in the $300,000-$350,000 range. Neighbors are concerned that lower-priced homes, as well as the loss of the golf club, could devalue their properties.

The club was built in 1954 and hosted the Byron Nelson tournament for 10 years.

Huffines Communities is owned by Donald Huffines, a Republican state senator, and his twin brother, Phillip Huffines, the chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party and a candidate for the Texas Senate.

This would be their first project in southern Dallas.

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    This club is a significant part of Oak Cliff’s history and serves not only the surrounding neighborhoods but all of the area. Amenities like these are precisely what make this part of OC such a beautiful place to live. To destroy them at a time when there is renewed interest in moving here defies logic.

  • There’s a much better 150-acre site in Oak Cliff, just south of the Westmoreland Station, that would make a much better site for new homes. Of course, that site would probably need to be zoned mixed-use and Huffines wants to build cheap single-family construction with HUD money.

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