Posted on July 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM
Friday, Jul 13 at 8:58 AM
Back in the 1960s, Pecan Valley Golf Course on San Antonio's southeast side was considered a destination for golfers.
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer played Pecan Valley once.
Times have changed, and the piece of property is now destined to be a nine-hole golf course for military veterans hurt during combat. The land also will host other development.
But Mother Nature still has a stranglehold on the course, and tall weeds have taken over.
It has been that way for a few years.
Peggy Schmidt lives in an apartment complex adjacent to the golf course. She's been there for four years.
In her time there, she said she's come across snake skins, wild dogs, raccoons and other animals, sometimes inches away from her front door.
Schmidt cares for two of her grandchildren at the house.
"I don't take them out on the backyard," she said. "You never know who (or what) could be out there."
Schmidt isn't the only one with these concerns.
According to the city of San Antonio, dozens of neighborhood associations have voiced concerns about Pecan Valley.
The owner of the abandoned course, a developer from Boerne, said he's sympathetic to the concerns and said those issues should be resolved once his proposed developments get under way.
Construction is set to start within a year.