Golf-starved Salt Lake County soon may have a new 18-hole course virtually given to it.
Property Reserve Inc. plans to build a business park around a series of man-made lakes in West Valley City. A project manager representing the company said Wednesday it wants to donate part of the land to the county for a golf course.To Salt Lake County commissioners, who manage only three continually filled golf courses and claim the valley has need of many more, the plan is enticing.
"I think this is something we seriously ought to take a look at," said Commissioner Randy Horiuchi. Golfers have criticized Horiuchi and fellow Democratic Commissioner Jim Bradley for deciding to kill a proposed golf course in Dimple Dell Park near Sandy. Horiuchi, an avid golfer, since has proposed courses on two sites formerly contaminated with industrial waste.But both those sites would require the county to buy land. The fact that Property Reserve Inc., wants to donate the land "almost makes this a No. 1 priority," said Chris Segura, the county's Human Services director.
Don A. White, a principal with the property management company Intrak, said the business park, known as Lake Park, is planned for a vacant area between 4000 West and 5600 West and between 2100 South and 3100 South. The golf course would extend only to 4800 West, and 2700 South would be extended through the park to provide access to businesses.
During the 1950s, the area included several lakes and cabins and was used by a duck and fish club. Some of the ponds remain, as do three active wells and two canals. White said the land already contains enough water to irrigate the course.
"I don't know of a project that has more water available to it," Commissioner Mike Stewart said.
The proposed course would be 21/2 miles from the Glendale Golf Course and 61/2 miles from a course West Valley City is building. Glen Lu, county recreation director, said golf courses generally attract 70 percent of their customers from within a five-mile radius.
White said he has cleared the idea with West Valley City officials who are not worried about the course competing with theirs.
County officials said they will meet in early March to discuss recreation priorities and will decide then whether to accept the offer.