A DURHAM City golf club will close at the end of the year when plans are finalised to turn it into a housing estate.
Staff at Mount Oswald Golf Club, off South Road, have been told their last day will be December 31.
Developers Banks and David Wilson Homes won outline permission earlier this year to build houses and student accommodation on the site.
They held a one-day exhibition in Mount Oswald House for residents to see proposals for the first phase of the development this week where residents were given the chance to have their say.
Peter Oakley, of Neville’s Cross Bank, said: “I’ve lived here all my life, 73 years, and I’ve been against it from day one.
“It should stay like this. There are other places houses can be built. It’s a lovely golf course. It’s such a shame.”
A spokeswoman for David Wilson Homes said: “We hope to get detailed planning permission by the end of the year.
“Building of the first phase of 61 detached homes could start in January, with the first houses ready for occupation by the end of the year.”
The rest of the scheme includes more homes, student accommodation “formal and informal” public space and possibly some small retail units.
The future of Mount Oswald House itself is uncertain.
A spokesman for Banks said: “The house is Grade Two listed, which places restrictions on how it can be developed. It might lend tself to apartments, or possibly a hotel.
“But as yet, there are no firm plans for it.”
Phase one of the housing development is expected to take up to three years to complete. The entire scheme is likely to take seven to eight years.