News of free golf in Incline spreads across the country |

News of free golf in Incline spreads across the country

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. “-When news traveled last week of free golf at the Incline Village General Improvement District’s golf courses, it went fast ” and far.

“We got calls from as far away as Michigan,” said IVGID Director of Golf CJ Johnson, during Wednesday’s board of trustees meeting.

The Incline Village Golf Stimulus Plan had 43 takers last weekend at the Mountain Course, Johnson said.

The plan allows area residents to golf the Championship Golf Course for free after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday; ditto for the Mountain Golf Course, after 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The free golf is for walkers only, although people can purchase a cart if needed. Both courses also will provide golf clubs to those who want to golf, but are without equipment. The plan is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis; no tee times will be taken.

Residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee can take advantage of the plan, something Johnson said had to be stressed a lot last week once the Associated Press circulated the story last Wednesday, May 6.

Television news outlets in Reno and Sacramento ran the story that night, and larger newspapers such as the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle ran the story.

“There’s been a lot of buzz, a lot of questions about it,” Johnson said.

More IVGID News

The IVGID Board of Trustees next meet at noon Thursday at 893 Southwood Blvd., for the board’s annual special budget meeting, which takes place on the third Thursday in May.

At that time, public comment will take place on the 2009-2010 proposed budget and Recreation Fee. After comment, the board will be asked to approve the proposals, giving district financial staff enough time to finalize the budget for the July 1 fiscal year turnover.

At the board’s last meeting (April 29), trustees in a 5-0 vote preliminarily adopted the 2009-2010 Recreation Fee at $623, and the proposed $113 beach fee, meaning beach acces residents pay $736; the same fees will be up for formal adoption Thursday.

More golf news

The Mountain Course, since opening last Friday, Johnson said, is averaging about 45 golfers per day.

The Championship Golf Course opens Wednesday, and IVGID course superintendent Jeff Clouthier will attend IVGID board meetings once a month, Johnson said, to update the board on course conditions, specifically progress made with the Champ’s grow-in mode. Clouthier’s first report will be at next Thursday’s special board meeting.

Beach update

Burnt Cedar, Ski and Incline beaches will be staffed for the summer starting Wednesday.

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