County OKs golf clubhouse

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The Routt County Regional Planning Commission approved plans for the new Haymaker Clubhouse at its Thursday night meeting.

"The Golf Management Committee and the city of Steamboat Springs are excited that the Haymaker project is on track," said Chris Wilson, director of parks, open space and recreational services for the city. "We appreciated the deliberate and thoughtful review that the county Planning Commission gave."

Wilson said the city is supportive of the conditions the Planning Commission voted on and will be moving forward on the project. The goal is to break ground this spring, Wilson said.

The approval was given quickly, Routt County Planner Mary Alice Page-Allen said.

"There were really no surprises here," Page-Allen said.

Representatives of Haymaker were present at Thursday's meeting, but otherwise, there were no public comments, Page-Allen said.

The city of Steamboat Springs owns and operates Haymaker, which is in Routt County. The county approved the golf course in 1995, and when that permit was issued, there was the expectation that the city eventually would build a permanent clubhouse for the course.

For the past seven years, a 2,800-square-foot temporary modular clubhouse has been used at the golf course. The city has proposed replacing that with a 6,300-square-foot permanent structure.

The cost of the new clubhouse is estimated at $4 million.

The city is in the process of finalizing construction drawings and choosing interior finishes for the building, then will bid out the project and hopefully begin building in April, Wilson said.

When plans for the golf course were approved by the county, one condition of the permit was that the city should return to the county to get approval of plans before constructing any new buildings. The city got such approval for its maintenance building in 1996 and the temporary clubhouse in 1997.

The permanent clubhouse will be on the site that was anticipated when original permits were approved in 1995.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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