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Neighbors surrounding Vista Hills re-purpose program to manage golf course maintenance


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Neighbors surrounding Vista Hills re-purpose program to manage golf course maintenance

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The closure of the Vista Hills Country Club in East El Paso has forced neighbors to brainstorm ways to preserve the property.

The golf course and club officially closed April 30, after lack of funds and membership.

A community meeting with city staff and district leader Henry Rivera proposed options on what would happen to the property.

Miguel Flores, a neighbor to the golf course and bankruptcy attorney, proposed the “Good Neighbor Program.”

Flores says the program already existed, but as a program to help the country club gain members.

The program has been transformed into helping raise money to preserve the golf course.

“We sent out over 500 letters to all of the neighbors around the Vista Hills Golf Course,” Flores said. “There are 140 members and growing, but there’s 502 households around the golf course.”

The program asks for a monthly, suggested minimum fee of $100.

Flores says the number of members now is not enough to keep up with everything.

“The biggest bill that’s here is the electric bill. It’s the electric that pumps the wells, that waters the grass,” Flores said. “The funds that we have are only enough to water the important parts of the golf course. The goal is to have enough money from the Good Neighbor members to water the whole course.”

Mike Carter, a Good Neighbor committee member, says people are skeptical about where the money will go since there was poor management from the club in the past.

“There’s a lot of skepticism about it, like, where the money is going,” Carter said.

Flores says transparency is a top priority.

“We want to keep a lot of transparency. We want people to know that our objective is to maintain and preserve the golf course.”

Rebecca Vaughn, co-chair of the Good Member committee, says they are in the process of creating a contact method to tell neighbors what money is going where.

“We are in the process of creating something called a Constant Contact,” Vaughn said. “It will tell members exactly where money is being spent, and on what.”

An update from the city says no official decision has been reached about what the country club will become.


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