Million dollar homes in Quail Hollow, priceless stories

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Felix Sabates is the minority shareholder in Chip Ganassi Racing. His home along Quail Hollow Club is for sale for over $5 million. The home is more than 8,000-square-feet, according to Zillow.

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 10:30 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are great stories to be told about the homes that surround the Quail Hollow Club in South Charlotte.

Public records show all kinds of things like a home that was sold in 1992 for $375,000 that’s now worth $2.2 million.

There’s also a home purchased for $1.6 million and then torn down. The rebuilt house is now worth $4.8 million.

And then, there’s the home owned by former Carolina Panthers Coach John Fox; the online listing shows the almost 15,000 square foot mansion is worth nearly $6 million.

Charlotte businessman Felix Sabates owns a home in the neighborhood, too. At more than 8,000 square feet, it’s for sale and is listed at just over $5 million.

But if you want a real feel for the neighborhood during its biggest week of the year, you’ve got to hear from Rick Booth, also known as the “Mayor of the 14th“.

"I probably lead some of the buffoonery down on the green. I think that's how I came to be the Mayor of the 14th, said Rick Booth, HOA President of the Quail Hollow One Neighborhood.

When people hear the name Quail Hollow, usually golf or gorgeous homes come to mind, but not many people know about the colorful things that happen away from the green like Booth.  After all, he is known as the mayor around these parts.

"About five or six years ago, we pulled out growl towels,” he said.

"A buddy of mine... and I went to Lowe's, got boxes of paint towels and handed them out-- about 200 of them out all the way around the green," he added.

Booth said, “That day Tiger [Woods] drove the green on the 14th.  It's a par 4 and he drove the green, and I mean the place went crazy.  We made EPSN, the lead off.  It led off the golf station channel.  It was good stuff."

Since then, he said, “We’ve had Mardi Gras beads we’ve handed out.”
"Two years ago, when Phil Mickelson's wife was going through breast cancer, a lady made pink ribbons and handed them out to the entire green,” said Booth.

It’s just part of the experience you get when you’re at the 14th.

"Since the golf tournament came to town, I believe it was in 2003, a lot of people have gotten together, lots of parties thrown during the week of the tournament,” said Booth.

He added, "It's a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz on our street around this time of the year."

And it’s all par for the course.

By the way, Booth says since the tournament started in 2003, he’s only missed one day due to a business trip.

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