Fore!Ward thinking? City proceeds with expensive overhaul of Balboa Park Golf Course

Despite a $2.5 million operating loss, City is moving forward with new clubhouse and site plan for Balboa Park Golf Course

City officials are calling on architectural consultants to help design a new clubhouse and site plan for the Balboa Park Golf Course.

This, despite the fact that the public course has yet to crawl it's way out of the financial hole.

A September 12 report from the Independent Budget Analyst found the Balboa Park course will finish $2.5 million in the red for this current fiscal year. Revenue for this year, according to the report, is estimated at $2,581,690 while operating expenses are pegged at $5,098,545. The loss continues to occur despite a $23 increase in golf fees during the past five years.

Torrey Pines is the sole course out of the three City-owned courses to make a yearly profit.

But despite the financial handicap, the City is moving forward with the overhaul. The "request for proposal," posted on the City's website on December 20, calls for the look of the new clubhouse to be "a contemporary interpretation of California Ranch Style which complements the existing historical clubhouse."

The firm that is awarded the contract will be responsible for all construction documents, including plans for "architectural, civil, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, structural, landscape architectural, golf course architectural, drainage and erosion control plans."

Proposals are due by January 31.

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Every gold course in the county should make a profit, share the expenses SO FAR out of line with the income?????

Could be gov employees costing to much to be viable, or totally mismanaged. I am sure it is 1 of the 2

What are you, some kind of trouble maker? Why shouldn't a lawn care specialist (lawn mower operator) make a six-figure salary? You must be another one of those Republican hate spreaders.

The existing Golf Course club house could be beautiful, but has been deliberately not maintained to support the concept of a new one. With the wood panelling, river rock fireplace, and beautiful view across the canyons, I do not think it will survive the new "California Style" (I guess that means stucco) City building. I did not know the existing club house had the historical designation; the last I heard the plan was to tear it down. Has this changed?

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