Crane Creek to spend $3.5 million on fall improvements

April 19, 2014 

PGA apprentice Leah Fickes, right, gives a lesson to Denise Shaw, working on posture, alignment, grip and stance in this 2006 file photo.

KATHERINE JONES

Crane Creek Country Club announced Friday it will begin a $3.5 million renovation of its golf course and tennis facility.

The front nine holes on the golf course, originally designed in 1963 by Bob Baldock, will be redesigned according to a master plan developed by golf course architect David B. Druzisky. The greens will be rebuilt to meet United States Golf Association specifications, one of the first golf courses in the Treasure Valley to do so.

The upgrade will also include renovated tee boxes, new concrete cart paths, rebuilt bunkers and a new irrigation system around green surrounds and tees. The club will also expand the pond at the No. 2 tee for increased water storage and control.

The changes will improve the playability of the course and add to aesthetics, officials said.

“We are excited about enhancing and updating the front nine at Crane Creek to improve the playability and overall golf experience for our members and guests,” the club's head PGA professional Ron Rawls said in a written release.

Crane Creek opened in 1963 as the Highlands Country Club and is located off Bogus Basin Road.

Two indoor tennis courts and an equal number of outdoor courts will be added to the tennis complex. That will give the complex five of each, making Crane Creek the largest country club tennis facility in Idaho. The new outdoor courts will feature terraced stadium seating.

“Tennis is the fastest growing area at Crane Creek,” said Adam King, the club's tennis director. “This expansion will not only improve court availability throughout the year, but also increase the player development programs that we offer and access to league play for our members.”

In addition to tennis and golf improvements, site work will include: opening and re-channeling the creek to resolve seasonal flooding hazards, increased parking spaces, new member cart storage and a new putting green.

Earlier, the club updated its swimming and clubhouse facilities.

The front nine is scheduled to close for updates on September 15, 2014, and re-open on May 29, 2015. The outdoor tennis courts will close on October 6, 2014, and are expected to re-open on April 1, 2015. The back nine holes and the existing indoor tennis courts will remain open throughout construction.

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