Thursday, September 18, 2003
The 38-year-old Steamboat Golf Club should be able to get a new clubhouse, Routt County Planning commissioners decided Thursday.
The club's request for permission to build an approximately 2,200-square-foot clubhouse and an outdoor pavilion was unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. The request will go to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for final approval at 3 p.m. Oct. 14.
"We aren't changing anything with association with the golf club. We're just trying to enhance the amenities that are available to our clients," said Hal Noyes, who is on the club's board of directors.
"Our facility is 38 years old, and it's in need of some attention," he said later.
Noyes said that about one-third of people using the club are members, and the remainder come from the general public. In 2002, there were 16,000 9-hole rounds played at the course.
The planned clubhouse would be 40 feet by 54 feet, with 9-foot ceilings, new restrooms, a cafeteria and extra room for golf equipment.
The planning commissioners had several questions about the club, including how the water supply would work for the new clubhouse.
Noyes said that the club's preference is to connect to the Steamboat II Metro Water District with a smaller line that can be upgraded later to save costs.
Because the club is a seasonal business, there is no need for large water pipes that are deep under the ground, he said.
"We are pretty much a ma-and-pop club," he said. "We have limited resources. It's affordable golf at our golf course and we want to keep it that way."
Commissioners also asked about possible complaints from neighbors about errant golf balls, to which Noyes and Routt County Planner Jim Goossens said that in most areas, there is enough vegetation to block such balls and that there are not any serious complaints.
The addition of a clubhouse will help the golf club -- which now has limited space even for restrooms -- provide good service to its customers, Noyes said.
"It was the first and only golf club in the valley for a good number of years," Noyes said. "We think we add a very significant niche to the community."
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