Haymaker has high hopes

Board member says permanent clubhouse on the way


— Haymaker board member John Vanderbloemen said the wheels have been set in motion to build a permanent clubhouse at the city-owned course.

However, he expects the process to move slowly. He also added that details about when construction on a permanent building will start, what it will look like and how much it will cost will not be determined for some time.

"I can't say when it is going happen. We are still in the preliminary stages of this process," Vanderbloemen said. "But a permanent clubhouse has always been a part of the Haymaker master plan."

Vanderbloemen said that when the city built the course, which opened in August 1997, it decided to go with a temporary clubhouse to save money.

"At that time we wanted to spend the extra money to make the course that much better," Vanderbloemen said. "We planned to come back later and add a permanent clubhouse later on."

Now, three years later, the board has published a request for proposal to find an architect. Vanderbloemen said board wants to solicit letters of intent from architects who are interested in designing the clubhouse. Once that process is over, the board will select one to begin work on a concept, and then that will be presented to the city and eventually the county.

"We still have a long ways to go," Vanderbloemen said. "This is just the first official step."

Vanderbloemen said the board will also be working on a financial plan to pay for the permanent clubhouse, which will also be presented to the city and county when the time comes.

"The first thing we want to do is figure out what needs to be in the building," he said. "We don't want to build a grandiose clubhouse. We want to figure out what will be appropriate and then meet the needs of the people who will be using it."

Vanderbloemen said an architect was hired when the golf course was built to lay out the area needed to build the permanent clubhouse. It will be placed in a different location than the current clubhouse. Vanderbloemen said this will help when the construction on a new clubhouse begins.

"We wanted to be able to construct the new clubhouse without disrupting operations. That was all part of the original plan," he said.

Vanderbloemen wouldn't say when the board will go to the City Council with a preliminary plan, but it will not happen before late summer or this fall.


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