Clubhouse plans on table

Golf committee will present layout for Haymaker building

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The City Council will get a look at elevation drawings and site plan layout for the proposed Haymaker Clubhouse and will be asked to approve spending $90,000 for more detailed construction drawings.

The Golf Management Committee is coming before the council tonight with its annual update on the operations of the Haymaker Golf Course, and its next step is building a clubhouse.

In 2001, the city approved the hiring of the Denver architectural firm William Zmistkowski, which has worked with the golf management committee and city staff to develop plans for the clubhouse.

"We have come up with a building that is appropriate for the site and appropriate size-wise for the needs of Haymaker," said John Vanderbloemen, chairman of the committee.

The golf committee settled on a ranch style building design with a 6,300-square-foot main floor containing a restaurant and bar, pro shop and restrooms. Beneath the main floor will be a basement to store golf carts and equipment.

The clubhouse will sit between the existing pro shop and the first tee.

The drawings show natural colors of stone and timber to be used on the exterior of the building. The building will have a covered porch.

The council will see one plan for the clubhouse, which has gone through many modifications with different design concepts, and a study on what the clubhouse needed, Vanderbloemen said.

The golf committee will ask the council to approve spending $90,835 from the Golf Course Enterprise Fund for more detailed construction drawings. Those drawings will be used to bid the project for construction this fall, Vanderbloemen said.

The committee plans to return to the council in late summer or early fall with more financial information on how much the clubhouse would cost and how the construction will be funded.

The golf course is funded through an accommodation tax and revenues generated through the course. Money for building the clubhouse would not come out of the city's general fund, Vanderbloemen said.

The city had planned to build a clubhouse since building the golf course in 1994 but was waiting for more money.

The golf committee also will give an update on revenues from the 2003 season. The golf course did better than expected, exceeding its projected budgeted revenue by $14,600 to increase its reserves to $231,000.

The golf committee also is recommending not increasing rates for this season, Vanderbloemen said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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