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Golf course and restaurant opening means boost to Horizon City economy

By: Stacey Welsh

HORIZON CITY, Texas -- Renovations to Horizon City's former Emerald Springs Golf Course could mean a big boost to the community's economy. The new Horizon Golf and Conference Center reopened its golf course and clubhouse restaurant about a month ago.

"A good operating golf course is a drawing card for business and residents, so it has to be helpful to the community," Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District board president Benny Davis said. The HRMUD owns the Horizon Golf and conference center.

In addition to the possibility of new businesses coming to Horizon City, the renovations could mean a more promising local housing market.

"Horizon is continuing to appreciate, which is good. The builders are excited about building out here, and houses are selling," realtor John Plummer said.

Plummer said some homes near the golf course are worth $300,000 to $500,000, but there could be something for everyone in the growing area.

"The nice thing about this area is you can go anywhere from $100,000 up, so people do have a choice," Plummer said.

Some residents have seen the golf course transform the past couple of years, and some said they were worried about the values of their homes when it was out of use.

"Everybody thinks about that; what their investment is and how it's going to be in the future," Horizon City resident Bob Maupin said. Maupin lives in a townhome on the golf course.

Although they haven't started advertising, the owner of the Moonlight Bar and Grill said the event schedule is already filling up.

"We're having a wedding on Jan. 3, 4 and 31. I think for not having done any advertising, we're doing very well. We already have prom and graduations scheduled," Moonlight Bar and Grill owner Nina Pina said.



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