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Friday — February 20, 2004


Elkhorn Club
owners consider
increased access

Golf could be made available to visitors

Express Staff Writer

The owners of the Elkhorn Golf Club are considering a plan to increase public access to their proposed private club.

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 area.

"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 homeowners’ group.

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.


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