PUD completes prelim purchase of Tahoe City Golf Course for $5 million
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Changes in ownership at the Tahoe City Golf Course could shake up the ever-changing landscape of the recreational industryand#8217;s presence in the Tahoe/Truckee region.
The Tahoe City Public Utility District board of directors has reached a preliminary agreement with the Bechdolt family to purchase the Tahoe City Golf Course for $5 million, said Kelli Twomey, spokeswoman for district.
However, the property is in escrow while the district spends time assessing the property, recruiting financial partners and exploring other financing options.
The districtand#8217;s five-person board unanimously approved the purchase so that ownership is kept local, Twomey said, thereby allowing residents to have a say in the future of one of Tahoe Cityand#8217;s largest pieces of land, Twomey said.
and#8220;Through the years, the Bechdolt family has always recognized the importance of the Tahoe City Golf Course as an integral part of Tahoe City,and#8221; said Ron Treabess, TCPUD board president. and#8220;It is great that under public ownership, the community can be guaranteed that this importance will continue for future generations.and#8221;
In an August interview, TCPUD General Manager Cindy Gustafson said the district had entered into preliminary discussions with Placer County Redevelopment Agency, California Tahoe Conservancy and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association relating to financial partnership possibilities.
Furthermore, Gustafson said the district was unsure whether the property would continue to operate as a golf course for the long term or whether other recreational facilities would be installed.
and#8220;We’re not sure what to do with the property, but one thing we can guarantee is that the entire community will be involved in the decision-making process,and#8221; she said, adding that whatever may be established on the property would have to fit within the district’s mission of parks and recreation.
The 44.7-acre course was established in 1917 and was designed by May and#8220;Queenieand#8221; Dunn Hupfel. Originally built as a six-hole course, the course became a nine-hole affair in 1926, and its configuration was aligned much the way it stands now.
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