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Improving play: Council OK with upgrades at golf course
The Rowlett Golf Advisory Board is always looking for ways to improve the Waterview Golf Course. Last year the committee made several recommendations that have since been implemented. The changes were made to improve the playability of the course.
The advisory board, represented by Larry Glick, presented five recommended changes to the city council for 2013 during its regular work session on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“We are changing the golf course to hopefully make it a destination course,” Glick said.
The changes presented by Glick were to enclose the pavilion area of the clubhouse, add a pond on hole No. 2, modify the tee boxes on hole No. 18, add additional trees and to repair settled sprinkler trenches throughout the course.
“These projects are great. We need to do what we can do to get it done. We could keep our golf course normal or make it exceptional. I think this city deserves exceptional,” said Todd Gottel, Rowlett Mayor.
The city council was in agreement that enclosing the clubhouse pavilion would be a huge benefit to the course and a positive thing for the community.
“It’s really a beautiful site as you sit in the clubhouse,” Glick said.
Glick said the pond on hole No. 2 was something the advisory committee suggested last year but decided against pursuing it due to drought restrictions that were in place at the time. The drought restrictions have since been lifted so the board brought the recommendation back to the council.
“They know how to do it it’s just a matter of getting it done,” Glick said.
The change to the tee box on hole No. 18 was recommended to ensure the safety of homeowners in the area. By moving the tee box it will aim the golf balls further to the left and away from the homes located to the right of the hole.
Brian Funderburk, assistant city manager, said the city staff was in agreement that all of the changes would improve the course but believed repairing the sprinkler trenches should be done by American Golf as part of the city’s maintenance agreement.
“If it’s in the contract then they need to fix this,” said Lynda Humble, city manager.
Funderburk said he is meeting with American Golf at the course on Friday to discuss the issue.
There is expected to be approximately $200,000 available from golf course revenue to fund the projects.