Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
Fore!Ward thinking? City proceeds with expensive overhaul of Balboa Park Golf Course
Despite a $2.5 million operating loss, City is moving forward with new clubhouse and site plan for Balboa Park Golf Course
City officials are calling on architectural consultants to help design a new clubhouse and site plan for the Balboa Park Golf Course.
This, despite the fact that the public course has yet to crawl it's way out of the financial hole.
A September 12 report from the Independent Budget Analyst found the Balboa Park course will finish $2.5 million in the red for this current fiscal year. Revenue for this year, according to the report, is estimated at $2,581,690 while operating expenses are pegged at $5,098,545. The loss continues to occur despite a $23 increase in golf fees during the past five years.
Torrey Pines is the sole course out of the three City-owned courses to make a yearly profit.
But despite the financial handicap, the City is moving forward with the overhaul. The "request for proposal," posted on the City's website on December 20, calls for the look of the new clubhouse to be "a contemporary interpretation of California Ranch Style which complements the existing historical clubhouse."
The firm that is awarded the contract will be responsible for all construction documents, including plans for "architectural, civil, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, structural, landscape architectural, golf course architectural, drainage and erosion control plans."
Proposals are due by January 31.