WEST BOUNTIFUL – It may still be February, but golfers are already practicing their swings at Lakeside Golf Course in West Bountiful.
The city-owned course opened on President’s Day, Feb. 17, and has been welcoming players since.
“Forty people were golfing there on Monday (Feb. 17),” said City Administrator Duane Huffman. “If we can keep it playable, we’ll keep it open as long as possible.”
With above average temperatures, that may be possible. The only constraint early on was that carts couldn’t be used because of the wet ground, he said.
Huffman calls the course “the hidden gem of West Bountiful,” and said plans are in the works to purchase some new carts for the facility.
Paul Holden is the new golf course director, and had his start in the business as a “cart boy” at Lakeside, Huffman said.
Holden and the city council have hopes to expand upon and rejuvenate some of the programs that were popular in the past.
Those include bringing back what was reportedly a very popular junior golf program. That would augment what already are strong men’s and seniors leagues.
The 48 year-old course has “operationally always been in the black,” the city administrator said.
A bond has been paid off and enterprise funds borrowed from the solid waste fund, he said.
“The enterprise funds are in a healthy position
A lot of “basic needs” had been put off, leading to the decision to borrow those funds, he said.
The golf course generates between $800,000 and $900,000 a year. It was purchased from a private owner in the 1980s.