My column on Thursday is evidence that sometimes you just can’t escape folks who want to tell you what to do with your land. Garth and Gail Hystad left the Valley and Erindale neighborhood in Colorado Springs and moved to a 35-acre spread south of town because they didn’t like the rules or getting fined $1,500 for parking their boat and RV on the street overnight.
Garth Hystad founded Colorado Custom Decks and he is a passionate golfer. He intended to turn his 35 acres into a home and private golf retreat. Just one problem, his next-door neighbors, Robert and Lana LeVeck, don’t like golf and tried to stop Hystad.
This has been going on four years.
Here are maps of the area:
The LeVecks have tried to control what the Hystads do on their boot-shaped property. The have campaigned against the Hystads the way some fight child porn or sex offenders. They have lodged one complaint after another with the county.
All Hystad has done is transform acres of hilly, rocky junipers and brush into sculpted green golf holes with a small pond and gazebo using his own brand of artificial turf and water he trucked to the site. They also built their dream home.
Here is his home from the El Paso County Assessor’s Web site.
Here is a 2007 Gazette photo of Garth Hystad on his private seven-hole golf course.
Here is his pond and gazebo, looking north toward his new home.
Here are a few looks from GoogleEarth.com and FlashEarth.com of the property, starting at the north end and working south.
Here’s the south end of the golf complex.
The LeVecks say Hystad hits golf balls onto their property. Hystad admits that early on, he accidentally sliced some balls onto their land, at the far north end behind their home. So he closed that tee box to avoid future errant drives.