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Eagle-Vail seeks bids for repairs to golf course

From The Vail Daily
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL – The golf course here is 35 years old, and some people think it’s showing its age.

Half the sand traps lack drains, so they fill up with water when it rains, golf course superintendent Steven Barber said.

Tee areas are no longer level, he said.

And cracks have formed across the cart paths, making for a bumpy ride in spots.

“If I had a brand-new golf cart and brand-new clubs, I wouldn’t want to be 4-wheeling it on a Jeep road,” Barber said.

Eagle-Vail officials recently sought bids for a variety of work at the course. Barber said he expects to receive those bids within the next few weeks. Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District officials would then decide what work, if any, to approve.

Board member Keith Odza said it’s too soon to say whether he would approve work on the course.

“I’m going to reserve that opinion until I see numbers,” he said.

Rick MacCutcheon, Eagle-Vail’s community manager, said about $3.5 million in funding remains from the recent 5A bond issue. In November, voters approved a 5-mill property tax increase to fund $7 million worth of improvements to community amenities. Officials have allocated about half of that money to building a new pool.

Officials have not yet earmarked a specific amount of that money for the golf course, MacCutcheon said.

The course has experienced wear and tear since it opened in 1975, Barber said. The asphalt cart paths freeze and thaw in the winter and develop cracks.

One golfer said he encounters the stray pothole while riding around the course.

“You have to kind of veer off into the grass occasionally,” Edwards resident Chris Scanlan said.

A lack of drainage on the course is another problem, Barber said. About 30 sand traps fill up with water after rainstorms, so staff must empty them with scoop shovels and buckets, he said.

On the green, a lack of drains becomes an issue was well, Barber said. Parts of the green gets soggy, leaving staff to squeegee the surface after rainfall, he said. Because certain parts of the green don’t drain properly, they require less water than the sprinklers send out, so staff must water them by hand, Barber said.