Last week a work session was held to discuss progress on a new clubhouse for the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course. City Golf Commissioner Mike Brownsberger met with City Administrator Dennis Pyle, architect Richard Werner and Mike Knight, director of golf. Mayor Jim Orr and Commissioner Jerry Dierker dropped in on the meeting.
Pyle reported plans are progressing to erect a new clubhouse in 2012. Council members have long considered making more improvements to the golf course once the construction debt for adding the second nine holes is retired.
The city has reduced the debt service on the construction to $130,000 this year. Bonds for the debt will be paid off on Nov. 1.
"The council's intent is to spend the same amount annually as was spent on the debt," Pyle said.
The next step will be to complete a preliminary civil engineering study to determine the clubhouse can be placed near the tee box for hole #4 on the east side of Highway 37, south of the park and the new Monett Area YMCA building. After that, Werner and Associates will draft a concept plan. Pyle hoped Werner would have a basic design completed by the time the debt was retired so construction could begin shortly after the next fiscal year begins on April 1, 2012.
The original plan for the building submitted to the Monett R-1 School District for work by the construction technology class at the Southwest Area Career Center remains intact, Pyle said. The school plan was limited to 28-by-60 feet or so, due to the size of the construction pad at the school.
Since the class backed out of the project for logistical reasons, Pyle said there is more flexibility on the final size of the building. One change now being incorporated calls for placing a basement under the clubhouse in which the golf carts owned by the city can be stored. Carts are presently parked outdoors. Storage of private golf carts, kept in a shed on the southwest corner of the course, will not change.
Once the club house is built, Pyle said the course will be reconfigured so that play begins at the clubhouse. Little if any modification to the course itself will be necessary, he added.