Despite being caught in a few financial sand traps over the past year, Lindon may get a golf course after all.
Quail Hollow Golf Course has been the dream of Darrell Frampton's family for years and, though various attempts to fund the course have fallen through, the family wants to try again."We have begun working with First Golf in Denver," Frampton said, and negotiations are going smoothly.
First Golf is a company that helps fund new golf courses."There are a lot of people who want the golf course," Frampton said. That's why he and his family have continued to pursue the concept of Quail Hollow - a 27-hole course in what is now known as Lindon Hollow.
In April of 1990, stock in Quail Hollow was first offered. The Framptons had hoped to sell at least $2.5 million worth of stock within nine months, but they did not reach their goal.
"We weren't willing to go on with our plans until we had the money," Frampton said.
The next step was to approach Lindon and a bonding company and ask the city to bond for construction of the course.
According to Frampton, there were just too many people involved and negotiations broke down.
Lindon Recorder E. Ray Brown said the City Council has tentatively planned to meet with the Framptons and others involved in the next couple of weeks.
"We are taking a `wait-and-see' attitude," Brown said. The city has heard both from people who want the course and those who don't think it is necessary.
"We'll see how it goes," he said.
Frampton said he feels the city would support the project if the council saw that the course would pay for itself.
"They don't want Lindon citizens to have to pay for it," he said. And the Framptons, also, want the course to be able to stand on its own.
The Frampton family has owned the land for generations.
"We feel that Lindon is going to grow anyway and we want to see some of the area left open and green," said Frampton, who thinks that if the golf course idea fails, it is possible the area could become a residential development.