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Location DB > United States > Texas > Richardson > The Driving Range
The Driving Range
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created by Explorer Zero on 7/12/2005 10:57 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 5/18/2007 3:38 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
a small frame structure with driving range putting green and parking lot
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
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Richardson, Texas
United States
Owner: G&H Enterprises
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    a busted safe and a brown putting green
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • construction workers
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2005
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    Sandwiched in between the cities of Dallas and Richardson the small bedroom community of Buckingham Texas was incorporated as a township in 1958. It was eventually surrounded by Richardson and much of the land and many of the homes were purchased by a venture capital group that had big plans for shopping malls and condominiums until they went bust in the real estate slump of the 1980s. But not before they organized the remaining 200 or so residents into passing a liquor ordinance allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages creating the only wet area for miles. It was annexed to its larger and dryer neighbor Richardson in 1996 and most of the land zoned commercial.

    When it vanished into suburban oblivion forever there were only a few businesses in Buckingham. This little golf practice range was one of them. I dont know how long it was in operation on this site but it only closed down within the last 3 or 4 years. Its sitting on several acres of prime real estate so Im sure someone has big plans for it. I just havent been able to find out what if anything those plans are. Its probably safe to assume a driving range is not among them.

    The property is not in bad condition overall but it does give the appearance that it has been abandoned. There is minimal vandalism most of the fixtures and some equipment have been removed. It looks like some safe crackers might have got to it though. A little safe with a Sargent & Greenleaf lock stands in one lonely corner its lack of contents and jimmied front door panel suggesting an unauthorized entry. They just dont build'em like they used to.

    UPDATE: its gone changed status to demolished
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    Wed, Jul 13th, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    Thu, Jul 14th, 2005
    posted by The Bean
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    Sat, Nov 5th, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/26/2007 5:18 PM.

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  • on Jul 26 07 at 17:18, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 18 07 at 3:38, Explorer Zero changed the following: History, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Recommendation
  • on Jun 11 06 at 5:55, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 17 06 at 0:23, Explorer Zero changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite
  • on Nov 30 05 at 14:48, The Bean changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Security Measures
  • on Nov 24 05 at 2:21, Explorer Zero made this location public
  • on Nov 5 05 at 2:14, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture close
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  • on Nov 5 05 at 2:10, Explorer Zero created a new gallery
  • on Jul 14 05 at 20:57, Explorer Zero updated a gallery picture
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