If developers get their way, two more golf courses will dot the Utah County landscape in the next few years.
But first they must hack their way out of some municipal sand traps.A proposed course in Lindon would be more of a practice facility and a nine-hole executive course. A Mapleton developer and his partner are proposing to build a more upscale 7,000-yard championship course south of Mapleton.
In Lindon, three developers want to turn the old Lindon landfill, at 2000 West and 200 North, into a nine-hole, par-3 executive course. The facility would also include putting greens and a driving range.
But the proposed Garden Island Golf Course is probably some time away from reality. Lindon City Administrator Ott Dameron said developers Kevin Santiago, Rick Holmes and Ryan Liddiard must purchase the land before approaching city officials about the project.
If developers decide to go through with their idea, chances are Lindon would welcome a golf course to town.
"It would be a nice thing to reclaim that landfill," Dameron said.
Meanwhile, discussion continues on a proposed 18-hole course near Mapleton. Developer John Henrichsen has fought city officials for more than five years to receive approval for Maple Mountain Golf Community.
Henrichsen would develop the residential community and partner Craig Pickering, a Springville businessman, would spend about $6 million to construct the golf course facilities. Pickering would own the course and sell some private memberships, but the course would be open to the public.
The site is currently in unincorporated Utah County. But Henrichsen filed with Mapleton an annexation application of 825 acres on the southeast side of town. The golf community would include 200 acres of deeded wildlife preserve, 2.5 miles of walking, hiking and equestrian trails, commercial and retail shopping areas, 200 home sites, 75 town-home lots and 75 resort-style rental town homes.
In the past, city officials have repeatedly denied Henrichsen's plans, believing most residents prefer more open space.
If Mapleton denies Henrichsen's request, he will seek approval from Utah County.