KOA Owners Plan Park On Former Golf Course (1/9/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

Garry and Vicki Cole told the Village Council Monday (Jan. 7) night about the proposed Kampgrounds of America (KOA) at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Mount Gilead, Ohio, according to The Morrow County Sentinel.

The Coles wants to turn the golf course they purchased into a family-oriented recreational facility.

A new conditional use is required and the meeting with the Zoning Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. It is expected to be approved as golf courses and campsites are both classified as recreational use facilities.

“There are 520 KOAs in the United States,” Garry Cole said. “We operate the one in Shelby also. It's great family-friendly, outdoor hospitality. It fits right in with the Love Life/Live Rural motto of Morrow County."

The golf course was founded in 1950 and sits on 150 acres. All buildings were erected in 2008 at an investment cost of more than $1 million.

But it is no longer feasible to operate the 18-hole course, said Bob Thomas, former owner of Pine Lakes.

“Part of me is sad," he noted. "The golf industry is changing to where the property is worth more than the golf course is.”

Thomas said he welcomes KOA here, calling it “a real nice venture.”

The Coles plan to open by spring of 2020.

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