The multipurpose area will host tournament activities, but could also be used for private functions and weddings. Councilman Pat Ryan argued the city shouldn't market the golf course for anything other than golf activities because it would go “too far” in competing with the private sector, but the prevailing attitude on the council was that the city should take advantage of any opportunity to have paying customers use the clubhouse.
“We're going to have that space available 'cause you need it for golf tournaments, and yes, they should be able to use it for a revenue stream when it's not being used for a golf tournament,” Councilman Gary Marrs said.
Bonds paid for by golfers
The council authorized a bond sale of up to $8 million, but the city expects to sell only about $7.6 million worth to meet the needs of the project and its associated costs, city officials said. Greens fees at city golf courses have already been increased by $2 to help pay for the bonds, and more small fee increases are planned for the future.
The city expects to pay about $460,000 each year in interest payments on the 25-year bonds, but generate at least $520,000 annually from the fee increases. As a result, golfers and others who use the facility are expected to, in effect, fund the new clubhouse.
Construction on the clubhouse is set to begin this year and be completed by summer 2014.