The opportunities for recreation in West Jordan could be getting better: an investment company is planning to build a new 18-hole golf course in town.

The Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department is also sending a full-time staff person to West Jordan to begin organizing new recreation programs at the city's parks and schools.City Manager Ron Olson reported to the City Council Tuesday night that a party he identified only as "private investors" is negotiating the purchase of land adjacent to the Jordan River in the 90th South area and wants the city to help finance a new golf course there.

Part of the deal calls for the course to be privately owned for 20 years, then the company would turn the course over to the city for a token fee of $1, Olson said.

"The key is the land cost," Olson said.

If the investors can strike a deal with one major landowner and the owners of several smaller parcels, the City Council could then evaluate the financial commitment it would be making to help finance the venture, he said. Also to be considered by the city is whether it should help sponsor the golf course by itself, or whether other municipalities should be invited to participate.

The course would border Sandy to the east and possibly reach Midvale to the north. One optional layout of the course would put two holes on the east side of the Jordan River inside Sandy's corporate limits, said Darrell Jones, West Jordan's development services director.

Olson said the golf course would dress up one of the major entrances to West Jordan. It would be the second golf course in the city, joining Mountain View, which is operated by Salt Lake County.

Jones said construction could begin this summer with the course ready for play in 1990, if all goes well.

The new recreation staff member from Salt Lake County will be occupying an office in the city's public works complex beginning in February, Olson said, and will start putting together community recreation programs to be offered in West Jordan.

Olson said the focus of new recreation programs will be outside the realm of organized sports. Facilities at the city's parks and at schools inside West Jordan will be integrated in the new programs.

The new addition gives taxpayers in the city a return on an investment they've been making for years by paying property taxes to Salt Lake County and it's parks and recreation department, Olson said.