Councilman Gary Bric, who served on the clubhouse subcommittee and made starting construction there one of his goals on the council this year, was delighted in the first step to replace the dilapidated clubhouse.
“It’s an important step in the process,” Bric said. “Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, they’ll start the demolition of the clubhouse, and then we’re looking at a year until it’s completed.”
The demolition is tentatively planned for the week of Nov. 19, and completion of the new clubhouse is slated for November 2008, Meyer said.
Cars will be joined on the lot by food service carts that will take the place of a clubhouse during construction, Scozzola said.
“The clubhouse restaurant is now closed for dining,” he said. “Beverage cart service will be provided out on the golf course. During the week of Nov. 12, the food and beverage operation will be relocated to a craft service truck in the parking lot.”
During the past few months, the course has had a drop in golfers. But considering the construction, officials are not worried that this represents a long-term slump and are hopeful the figure will rebound.
“Our numbers have been down, but hopefully, with the parking lot now in use, we’ll get back to where we want,” Meyer said.
City officials are aware of the drop but remain unconcerned, buoyed by the new clubhouse they hope will attract a new stream of golfers.
“For the year we’ll be down, and I don’t see any way around that,” City Manager Mary Alvord said. “Tournaments will be challenging, and users expect the whole package when they go.
“But at the end of it, we hope that people will appreciate it all that much more. The end result will be better because a tremendous effort was made. I do think it will attract new visitors. If you build it, they will come.”