Changes under way at Tahoe City Golf Course |

Changes under way at Tahoe City Golf Course

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — With the recent installation of a bocce ball court, a series of planned changes is under way at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

The 58-foot-long, 8-foot-wide court was installed near the practice putting green and sixth tee. It’s open to the public, with leagues starting the week of Aug. 12.

Installation of a second court is “very likely” later this summer or early fall, said TCPUD General Manager Cindy Gustafson.

“It (the golf course) really is critical to addressing not only recreation needs in our community, but also environmental goals,” Gustafson told the Placer County Board of Supervisors Monday.

The supervisors met Monday afternoon at the TCPUD offices in Tahoe City, marking one of three times each year they meet at Lake Tahoe instead of Auburn. They also met Tuesday at The Resort at Squaw Creek.

To comply with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Best Management Practices, the TCPUD has been working with Tahoe City-based Gary Davis Group on designs to improve the golf course’s parking lots, maintenance areas and the clubhouse, said Matt Homolka, TCPUD engineer.

Improvements are expected to start this fall and be completed in 2014. The project is estimated to cost $228,000, with funding coming from the TCPUD parks’ capital budget.

Design work is also being done for a new golf course entry sign and an on-site Truckee Tahoe Airport District emergency-use helipad.

During Monday’s meeting, District 5 supervisor Jennifer Montgomery inquired about the feasibility of larger projects. Roughly 495 community members provided input this spring on the future of the 46.5-acre golf course, suggesting the building of tennis courts, a full-sized ice rink complete with locker rooms and a swimming pool, among others ideas.

“The land lacks much coverage capability, and it’s really going to come down to choices of what you can cover,” Gustafson said.

According to TRPA, coverage is permanent land disturbance and includes all man-made structures such as houses, driveways and parking lots.

Last year, TCPUD, Placer County, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and airport district came together to purchase the golf course for $4.7 million, agreeing to form a committee to oversee the property and its future.

The next committee meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the TCPUD board room at 221 Fairway Drive.

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