Two years after falling into foreclosure, Saddlebrook Golf Course reopens

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A west side community is celebrating a hole in one of sorts.

They managed to help save a golf course which has long been an anchor along the 56th Street corridor.

Two years after falling into foreclosure and disrepair, Saddlebrook Golf Course reopened Thursday with a bagpiper playing the first fairway.

The course is part of the Saddlebrook community. When it closed, there were no buyers and lots of concerns until residents, including former Mayor Greg Ballard, stepped up help drive a deal.

“I'm glad people pitched in and got things going,” a resident told Ballard. “It's bringing our property values up and it's fun having golf balls breaking through my windows.”

Residents from Saddlebrook and four nearby neighborhoods raised nearly $275,000 to get the course back in shape and seal the deal with Green Golf Partners.

“I am beyond excitement,” said Lisa Cole. “It's truly our neighborhood working to save our beautiful golf course.”

Parts of the course are still a bit rough, including the fairways, but the say their biggest concern was just to get this course back in play.

“It's a very big day. It's a win,” said Grace Collette. “It feels like little guy won and community took over.”

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