Plans for two new golf courses are peeking over the horizon in southern Utah. It's a go for a nine-hole, privately owned course in Fillmore and a maybe for another 18-hole layout in the Washington County community of Hurricane.
Fillmore doesn t have a golf course. The only one in Millard County is a nine-hole course in Delta. Hurricane has one course, Sky Mountain Golf Course, which was built by the city and opened a few years ago as an 18-hole public course.Ground has been broken for the course at Fillmore. A driving range will likely be opened by July and the course completed by July 1999. It is expected to cost between $1 million and $2 million, depending on the amount of equipment and labor that is donated. Paradise Resources, a family partnership owned by Don Fullmer and his son Mark, will build the course on their own land near the Paradise Inn and the I-15 exit north of the city.
The Fullmers said they are not asking for money but hope to get help with equipment. The Millard County Commission supports the private course in Fillmore, has pledged to donate equipment and materials, and there has been little or no opposition to the action.
Commissioners see the course as an economic benefit to the area and it also has the strong backing of the Millard County Travel Council and the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce. Even non-golfers are lending their support and many volunteered their services toward building it, including county employees.
Meanwhile, city officials in Hurricane are seeking proposals for a feasibility study to build another 18-hole course in that community. The study is expected to cost between $5,000 and $10,000 and will be paid for from revenue at the existing course, according to city manager Clark Fawcett.
The City Council is getting some opposition because of the fear that the course would require valuable water that may be needed elsewhere in the fast-growing community.
It was reported that the course was proposed by the A.R. Spillsbury family. The family has begun a development around the land they would likely donate for the golf course. This would enhance the sale of their lots, priced in the $45,000 to $100,000 range. The property is east of the Sky Mountain Golf Course.
The Spillsburys have suggested using waste water for the proposed course, but Darwin Hall, superintendent of the Ash Creek Special Service District, says an effluent system wouldn't work in Hurricane and a plant to process the wastes would probably cost $4 million. City Recreation Director Jody Ballard is also opposed to an additional golf course and prefers to see the money spent on recreation facilities that would benefit more people of the community, such as ball fields and tennis courts rather than another golf course. She says Hurricane is lacking in such facilities.