County slates meeting on golf course upgrades

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Proposed improvements to the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be the topic of a public meeting set for from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the training room, at the Community Building.

The county council funded a Phase 1 “study” for these improvements last spring as part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The project team will present optional improvements to the following course concerns: the current irrigation system, water storage facility, the possibility to expand the practice facility to mitigate safety concerns, the re-routing of holes, cart path replacement and potential renovations of fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.

The team will discuss the cost of each of these components, a recommendation regarding the most efficient and least disruptive course improvements, and finally, timing and phasing of the various components of the course improvements being recommended.

The study project team has also conducted a review of the golf course and maintenance operations, and will present a market analysis along with an economic assessment of the county’s ability to market the golf course outside Los Alamos.

If improvements are funded, the county desires to increase revenues from outside sources while keeping it a community golf course. That includes new marketing concepts such as forming consortiums with other area golf courses to offer golf packages for tourists, and offering reciprocal agreements for members.

The council has already funded the design and construction of the golf course community building and clubhouse.

The improvements to the course would be designed to complement that separate project. The award of a construction contract for the new Golf Course Community Building will be going to the Council for funding consideration on Dec. 6.