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Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Valley Club to get another nine

Fazio designed course planned

The Valley Club of Hailey is planning to build a nine-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf course addition to its existing 18-hole, Hale Irwin-designed private country club course.

The $8 million course expansion has been made possible by the sale of 26 acres of the West Nine property to local developer and builder Henry W. Dean, according to a Valley Club press release July 12.

"I’d like to get the shovel in the ground as soon as the snow is melted," said Dean. Dean hopes the new addition will begin building in early 2005.

Construction awaits approval from the Blaine County on the Valley Club’s entitlements to build on the land.

The land deal is also a major real estate boon to the south valley. Dean’s plans include as many as 48 private residences as well as 12 community housing units along Buttercup Road. Ketchum architect Jim Ruscitto has jumped aboard the project as home designer.

Valley Club members will have the exclusive right to reserve residences through Aug. 15, after which the homes will be made available to the general buying public. Transactions will be handled by Classic Realty’s Linda Badell.

According to the press release, over half of the 2,850-square-foot to 4,200-square-foot homes, priced at $1.7 million to $2.3 million, have already been reserved by club members.

West Nine committee chairman Doug Rhymes said the new course will benefit local home owners and members.

"We anticipate a very positive impact on the value of Valley Club membership and the surrounding home site," said Rhymes.

The Valley Club, which calls itself Sun Valley’s only private golf club, opened in 1996. Membership is by invitation only. Currently, social memberships sell for $40,000 and full memberships sell for $60,000.


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