Golf could be made available to
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
The owners of the Elkhorn Golf
Club are considering a plan to increase public access to their proposed
David Hennessy, a local partner in
the CG-Elkhorn development group, which owns the club, said Tuesday,
Feb. 17 that the ownership group is assessing a plan that would allow
limited use of the 18-hole golf course by visitors to the Sun Valley
"To be a good neighbor, we’re
actually talking to the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce to arrange for
some outside play," Hennessy said.
Hennessy noted that a decision in
the matter could be made by March 9, when CG-Elkhorn’s proposal to build
a new clubhouse facility on the edge of Elkhorn Village goes before the
Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission for the second time.
The proposal to build an
approximately 15,000-square-foot clubhouse southeast of the Elkhorn
Village swimming pool was first presented to the P&Z on Feb. 10. The
proposal is linked to a master plan to construct 128 market-rate
condominiums, 12 community-housing units, two commercial buildings and a
sales office on approximately 11 acres in the Elkhorn Village core.
CG-Elkhorn, which is conducting a
large-scale improvement project at the golf course, has initiated a plan
to convert the once semi-private club into a private facility.
Hennessy told the P&Z on Feb. 10
that CG-Elkhorn is "willing to offer some limited public play on the
course" through a deal that could be worked out "with the
administration" of the city.
On Feb. 17, Hennessy elaborated on
the statement in an interview, stating that CG-Elkhorn officials have
met with Mayor Jon Thorson and representatives of the Sun Valley-Ketchum
Chamber & Visitors Bureau to discuss options to allow the visiting
public to use the facility.
A limited number of Sun Valley
residents will also have access to the club. As part of the development
group’s management plan, some non-member access will be guaranteed to
residents of properties belonging to the Sun Valley-Elkhorn Association
CG-Elkhorn representatives have
said people residing in SVEA properties will have an opportunity to
reserve up to six tee times—for four players each—per day.