Golf course near sinkhole-ravaged homes closed for ongoing retention pond repairs

The Torri Pines Nine on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course in The Villages is closed indefinitely.

That’s because work crews are continuing to make repairs to troublesome retention pond located on the course behind two homes in the Village of Calumet Grove that were ravaged by sinkholes in February and again in May.

Work trucks sit behind two sinkhole-damaged homes on McLawren Terrace as crews continue to make repairs to a troublesome retention pond on the Torri Pines Nine of Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course.

The crews, with several trucks parked behind the two condemned homes, are pouring grout into the retention pond that has been under repair since the spring, when it drained out around the same time the second round of sinkholes plagued the neighborhood.

Earlier this week, a rumor was spreading that the golf course was closed because multiple sinkholes had opened up on it. A caller to the course’s clubhouse Thursday was told it would be closed for at least a month for “renovations.” The Golf Division’s website, golfthevillages.com, shows that it will be closed until further notice.

One of the sinkhole damaged homes on McLawren Terrace was back in the news Wednesday when Villagers were denied the opportunity to speak a hearing of the Marion County Code Enforcement Board. The home’s owners, Frank and Jan Neumann, were granted an extension until March 26 to correct a multitude of code violations on the damaged house and property. That didn’t sit well with the crowd of Villagers and District officials in attendance, who say the damaged homes and unstable ground are creating a huge public safety issue.