The city of Boise will expand Quail Hollow Golf Courses program for juniors, adding more tee times for players 17 and younger and offering more classes and other activities, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.
Other than that, Holloway said, not much will change at Quail Hollow, which sits in the Foothills just north of Hillside Junior High. Rates will stay the same. The city will keep the six-person staff already employed at the golf club and honor existing memberships, he said.
City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to accept Dave Hendricksons donation of the 140-acre golf course as well as equipment and an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse that Holloway said boasts a full commercial kitchen.
At a news conference Monday to announce the acquisition, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said he first heard from Hendricksons attorney several months ago. Its common for people to show interest in donating property to the city, and it doesnt always work out, Bieter said.
Ive learned to be a little cautious, he said. Then, what he said next I will never forget. He said, My client would like to donate a golf course.
GOLF FOR ALL
Assuming the council gives its blessing, the city is scheduled to close the deal Dec. 1. County records list at least 17 properties associated with the golf courses address. The total assessed value of those properties is almost $2.5 million a figure that doesnt include the value of the business entity.
Quail Hollow would be Boises second municipal golf course. Two isnt very many compared to Western U.S. cities of similar size. Reno, Nev., has just one city-owned course, but Spokane has six and Salt Lake City eight.
Location makes Quail Hollow especially attractive, Holloway said. Less than a mile from Hillside on 36th Street, for much of Boise the course is more accessible than the citys other municipal course, Warm Springs in East Boise.
The central location should make it easier to attract young people, and not just the well-heeled ones, Holloway said.
Regardless of your socioeconomic background, we want you to play golf, he said.
Golfers 17 and younger pay $15 to play 18 holes at Quail Hollow, compared with $32 for adults. Under city management, Holloway said, the golf course will make no-fee rental clubs available to juniors.
THE BUSINESS OF QUAIL HOLLOW
According to an analysis by city staff, the courses buildings, equipment and irrigation systems are in good working order with only minimal repairs needed.
Holloway said the city likely will put money from the Parks and Recreation budget into an account to cover unexpected repairs and other expenses in the first year the city operates the golf course. That would happen once, he said.
Parks and Recreation expects the course to yield at least $55,000 a year in profit. Hendricksons agreement to donate the property requires the city to use that money for improvements and maintenance.
In addition to guaranteeing that the land remains open space, the donation to the city also could net Hendrickson tax benefits.
WHO IS DAVE HENDRICKSON?
Hendrickson did not attend Mondays news conference. He didnt want the attention that would come with the event, Bieter said. Holloway described Hendrickson as intensely private.
An avid golfer, Hendrickson bought Quail Hollow in 1993. He told the Statesman he looked at golf courses around the West for several years before that.
It was more of an adventure than a belief it would be possible to own and operate a golf course, but when I came to Boise I decided to take a chance, Hendrickson said in an email.
His agreement with the city requires Boise to continue operating Quail Hollow as a golf course or as open space available to the public.
At no time and under no circumstances shall the property be utilized for any residential, commercial, industrial or other use that is not consistent with this public use requirement, the agreement reads.
Hendrickson said the golf course has been his only business in the time hes owned it. He said it has been very consuming, in a good way. He didnt say what he plans to do next in life. He declined to answer questions about his personal and business background.
After 20 years, its time for a change, he said. With ideas and involvement of the citys golf experts, he said, Boise will do very well, and I look forward to being a customer for a long time. Maybe Ill get a little discount.
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