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Clubhouse replacement delayed until 2013

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Replacing the clubhouse at the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course in Monett has been delayed until 2013.

"We are re-evaluating our construction plans," said City Administrator Dennis Pyle.

The Monett City Council planned to relocate the clubhouse south of the new Monett Area YMCA building the year after the debt was paid off expanding the golf course to 18 holes. The current clubhouse, dating from the mid-1960s, is undersized and partially located on state highway right-of-way.

Pyle said the decision to delay construction was due in part to cost estimates from sub-contractors running higher than the budgeted amount.

"We want to focus our attention in 2012 on the playing conditions of the course and purchasing the equipment necessary to keep the course maintained at a higher level," Pyle said.

The new clubhouse is planned to have two levels. The upper level would include a pro shop and the lower level will provide storage space for golf carts, which are kept outdoors.

Moving the clubhouse will result in renumbering the course holes, to begin and end in the center, altering traffic and some wear patterns. New maintenance issues could arise in the process.

"The demolition of the City Park Casino and construction of a new, larger community facility is a higher priority for 2012-13," Pyle said. "The City Council is taking a conservative approach to building these two facilities and wants to be certain that sufficient funds will be available to complete both projects in a timely manner."

In previous discussions about building a new clubhouse, the city expressed interest in partnering with the Monett R-1 School District's construction technology class to handle some phase of the construction. Pyle said council members want to reconsider working in partnership with the school on the project.



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