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Park City Golf Course's Eleventh Hole And Driving Range Affected By 3Kings Construction

Demolition on the Spiro Water Treatment Plant will soon begin, so Park City can move forward with construction of the 3Kings Water Treatment Facility. The project has already begun to impact the Park City Golf Course. 

Along with shutting down the driving range, likely until the mid-June, Park City Manager Diane Foster says Hole 11 will also be affected.

“Hole 11 is going to become a par 3, just for the purposes of construction staging during 2020 through 2022," Foster said. "Then it will go back to, I believe it's a par 4, so that is going to be an impact.” 

The City anticipates lost revenue due to closure of the range. As part of the FY2020 budget talks, the City proposes increasing golf fees—a large bucket of balls would cost $10 instead of $8, and green fees would also see a bump. Park City Budget Manager Jed Briggs says the rising golf fees have been projected for the past few years, but they’ll also help balance out the diminished revenue during construction.

“The golf fund is its own enterprise fund, essentially, so it has to pay for itself over time," Briggs said. "So it's really important that the revenues that are coming in are paying for the expenses, and when there are these little kind of offsets, when the revenues aren't where they need to be, then we do look to increase.”

The water treatment improvements through the construction of the 3Kings plant are required by the state to improve stream water quality. Briggs says there have been talks with the Water Department to cover some of the financial impacts to the golf course, though nothing has been decided. However, Foster says the water fund is paying for a new golf maintenance building, as it the current one will be displaced by the 3Kings plant.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.