Water hazard? Golf course renovations concern neighbors

By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Fort Bend Star

Renovations to the grounds at the Sugar Creek Golf Course has at least one neighbor calling the changes a water hazard.

Roy Wiffin, who lives across the street from the course on Country Club Boulevard, said the club is redesigning part of the course but the contours are guiding rain toward his home and those of his neighbors.

“When it rains we are going to get a lot more water in our backyards creating the potential for flooding in our homes,” said Wiffin.

He said water has come two feet from his home and a neighbor had water in her garage.

“The course is contoured with a fall towards us of two feet and in some places five feet. No drainage seems to be planned for this part of the course,” said Wiffin, who said he complained to his home owners association as well as the city and the country club.

At the same time that that golf course is making renovations on Country Club Boulevard, the City of Sugar Land has partnered with the golf course for a drainage project on Longview near the sixth and seventh hole, according to a city engineer.

Shashi Kumar, senior engineer with the engineering department and project manager for the Longview Drive and Golf Course Drainage Project, said he heard of Wiffin’s concerns but said the city was not responsible.

“We had serious street flooding on Longview as it extends south so we got an easement from the golf course for drainage pipes through the course. We brought this to the attention of the golf course and they will see what they can do for additional drains,” said the engineer.

Kumar said he went to Country Club Bouleverad recently and did not see any serious ponding. But Wiffin posted an image on Facebook showing what appeared to be extensive water near his home.

Wiffin, who has lived there for three years, said, “ I didn’t ask for a lake, I expected a golf course.” Calls to Sugar Creek Golf Course were not returned.

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