Silverstone golf community still in limbo, racking up code violations

LAS VEGAS - More than a year after it closed, the future of a golf course that was once lively is still in limbo.

The grass at the Silverstone Golf has gone from green to brown, and there's a lot of overgrown vegetation.

Ever since the property in the northwest valley closed, it has been sold twice.  The owners of the golf course near Buffalo and Grand Teton have done little to maintain the landscape.

Las Vegas City Fire inspectors are concerned with the current conditions.  They have to walk through the dry vegetation at the golf course looking for fire hazards.

"That probably didn't use to look like that," said Scott Thompson, fire inspector, City of Las Vegas.

Homeowner: "No."
Thompson: "That's overgrown."

Thompson says he has seen code violations that could potentially put homes in danger.

"Now we have this heavy, dense stuff up against his vegetation that could actually get into his property," Thompson said pointing to the potential fire hazards.

So what about the owners of the property? What are they doing to fix the issue?

The property has a colorful past when it comes to owners.

Desert Lifestyles first bought the property in Sept. 2015, but shortly after, a judge ordered the California-based company to maintain the property which also serves as a flood control drainage the golf course was sold a second time.

It's now owned by Stoneridge Parkway, another company that operates out of California.

Homeowners in the Silverstone community have taken their fight to maintain the land to federal court.  They're demanding that the owner restores the golf course to its original form.

For more than a year, a lack of maintenance on the property has lead to numerous city code violations, and since June 2016 the fines have continued to stack up to as much as $4,500 a day.  It was in June when the city approved a lien and penalties adding up to more than $97,000. 

Every day, the balance continues to grow and it's now up to $1.6 million.  According to the city, nothing has been paid, and the owner hasn't requested a waiver.

"We want our golf course back," said Melanie Hill, a homeowner.  "We want the golf course that we all paid a premium for and chose to live out here on so we'd have nice open space and views of golfers on a golf course."

The golf course owners are now facing a new set of code violations after the latest fire inspection.  8 News NOW reached out to the attorneys representing Stoneridge Parkway in the pending lawsuit in federal court, but they did not respond.