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This planned Nicklaus golf facility has been painted as a potential party hub, 'like Topgolf' (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Representatives of Cheekwood Golf Club in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin defended their planned development from claims it would devolve into a party hub during a tense public exchange Tuesday night at the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen work session meeting.

Cheekwood Golf Club, based in Franklin, has been in talks the past four years about leasing 54 acres of vacant land owned by the city along Mack Hatcher Parkway near Spencer Creek Drive. During that time, the City of Franklin was granted approval by the state to amend its charter to allow it to enter 50-year leases, which is the lease time the golf club is seeking.

But now after months of back and forth and eight proposed leases between Cheekwood Golf Club and the city, they are at a standstill on several issues, the golf club’s attorney Doug Hale said during the meeting.

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