North Salt Lake has announced preliminary plans for a city golf course to be constructed on a 465-acre site east of the city in an unincorporated area of Davis County.

Mayor D.W. Simmons said the city will hold its first public meeting to discuss the proposed golf course April 2 at 7 p.m. during a City Council meeting.Sky Properties of Bountiful and another partnership are the two key private groups involved in development of the land, called the Wood Estate property.

Step one toward making the golf course a reality - to annex the land into the city - is already under way. Steve Smoot, president of Sky Properties, will meet with the North Salt Lake Planning Commission next week to further discuss the golf course and related residential development.

The land for the golf course is located just east of Gary Way. Access to the proposed golf course would come from a new 1.25-mile road, to be constructed between Orchard Lane and an eventual extension of Bountiful Boulevard.

Smoot discussed a feasibility study on the golf course, but the council did not decide who would pick up the estimated $6,500 cost of the study. Smoot did say that he has met with Weber Basin Water representatives and they have indicated they can supply adequate water for the development.

Funds for the property acquisition and development of the golf course would be financed by tax-exempt certificates of participation, which will mean no additional tax for North Salt Lake residents and no increased bond indebtedness for the city.

The golf course would be owned by the city, and proponents argue that it will enhance property values in the city, serve as a catalyst for nearby development and not only pay for itself but also produce revenues for the city's general fund.

The Utah Golf Association has indicated that it would like to have its headquarters at the golf course and would locate a golf hall of fame there.

Long-range plans for the 465 acres also include as many as 520 building lots for a retirement community and some single-family dwellings during the next 12 to 15 years.