Thursday, October 3, 2013
Mesquite Golf Course reopening delayed until June 2014
Officials said the wet summer pushed back the timeline.
MESQUITE The city of Mesquite has been renovating the Mesquite Golf Club since March. The renovations were described by city officials as long overdue since the course had never had any major work done on it since it opened in 1964. The city took over maintenance of the course in 2010.
"We wanted to give the golfers that play the course something new and different to experience. Our goal is to create a new, enjoyable place to play golf and have fun," said Alyssa Smith, marketing specialist for Mesquite Parks and Recreation. "We hope the changes will open the golf course up to a larger variety of people and we can attract more golfers to the course."
The initial plans for the renovations were to have the course reopen for this fall, but the wet weather this summer has pushed the opening back until June 2014 to give the new greens time to properly mature to prevent damage to them from normal play.
"We want the highest quality product when the course reopens, and this extended delay will allow for the greens to be their best when we open for golf," said Cliff Keheley, director of parks and recreation, in a press release.
The golf course revitalization project includes the reconstruction of greens, tee boxes and the addition of sand traps on many holes. The pro shop and snack bar are also being updated during the closure.
"We are excited for golfers to see the improvements we've made. We have made the course more challenging for the experienced golfer and more enjoyable to those new to the sport," Keheley added. "Our goal for the project is to impact the entire golf experience. We have updated the pro shop and snack bar to provide a different feel when entering the course, and the changes to the course will impact all levels of golfers. We have made the course more challenging for low-handicap golfers by making the course longer and adding sand traps along with other features. We have also made the course easier to play for those newer to the sport. Tee boxes have been moved forward to provide a better experience to those who may not hit the ball as far as a more experienced golfer."
The need to make the changes to the course became apparent to the city staff after they began maintaining the course in 2010. They realized there were some things on the course they could not improve through normal maintenance, such as the worn-out greens.
"The city conducted a business study in 2011 to evaluate the golf course operation. One of the recommendations of this study was to make improvements to the course, especially the greens, which were built in 1964 and were not desirable to many golfers. The city hired a golf course architect, Jeffrey Brauer, who has extensive experience in updating older courses," Keheley said. "The course is looking great and we are very proud of what we have achieved with this project. The course has a loyal following from golfers in the community, and we are confident that they will enjoy the changes."
For local golfers wanting to keep their swing fresh while they await the reopening, the city has recently reopened the golf course's driving range. The driving range is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Mesquite Golf Club is at 825 IH 30. For information, call 972-216-6260 or visit www.mesquitegc.com.
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