Practice your putting, mini golf is coming to Truckee
Truckee’s getting another golf course, but it’s unlikely to generate the controversy that has swirled around Gray’s Crossing or some Martis Valley resort developments.
Truckee Planning commissioners on Wednesday approved an 18-hole miniature golf course and a deli off of Brockway Road, a project that they said will fill a family recreation niche in town. The project will be located where the WinterCreek subdivision is being built on land housing the vacant Clarke Chiropractic building.
For those thinking faux windmills and giant laughing clown heads, Truckee assistant planner Denyelle Nishimori said the course will be built differently than the traditionally garish mini-golf course.
“I think when people hear ‘miniature golf’ they think of stereotypes
like a big plastic elephant,” Nishimori said. “The applicant is actually proposing something more in keeping with Truckee’s character.”
By using boulders, trees and water as the only hazards, and screening the area from surrounding buildings, the course will be aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive, said owner Mark Ross, who has called his project the Sugar Pine Family Fun Center.
“We’re proposing to build the next generation of miniature golf,” Ross said.
The project will fit in well with surrounding recreation, including the Truckee River Regional Park and the Ponderosa Golf Course, said Ross.
“There’s a lot of interest for this type of use, especially for families,” he said.
And the planning commission agreed, wholeheartedly endorsing the project.
“I think this is going to be a great project,” said Commissioner Nancy Richards. “I think we really need more for kids to do in Truckee.”
The commission decided to allow the course to open as early as 9 a.m. daily. It would operate from snowmelt to snowfall. The year-round deli, which will offer sandwiches, drinks, coffee, ice cream and pastries, will open at 7 a.m. The deli will be located in the old Clarke Chiropractic building near Martis Valley Associates, which will be renovated to include gables and other architectural additions.
Ross expects the deli and miniature golf course to be open by fall of this year, if all goes well.
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