Youth to tee-off at Timilick |

Youth to tee-off at Timilick

A Martis Valley development is working with a national youth organization to get local children and teens out on the golf course.

Timilick, a golf course community, is partnering up with “The First Tee” to bring a youth program centered around golf to the Truckee-Tahoe area.

“We’re ecstatic to have more programs in our area directed at youth,” said Isabelle Rodriguez, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. “We’re excited to have it come to the area because so many of our children like golf.”

Keith Vogt, who is spearheading the program locally, said he is in the early stages of creating a Lake Tahoe Truckee Youth Golf Foundation, which will then apply to become a chapter of The First Tee.

While he hopes to become a chapter by summer 2009, Vogt said he worked last summer as a affiliate of the Northern Nevada Chapter, and will do so again this summer.

“The program instills core values, and uses golf to teach those values,” Vogt said.

The group will be open to all youth, and sponsorship for less advantaged children and teens will also be available as he collects grant and other funding, Vogt said.

Timilick will be the home of the new chapter, said Mark Richardson, president of Martis Valley Associates, and the Johnny Miller/John Harbottle-designed golf course is set to open this summer, potentially in late May or early June.

A number of single-family homes and townhomes are being built this spring at Timilick, Richardson said.

Eventually the project will include 188 townhomes and 218 single family homes, including 56 workforce housing units at a lower price, Richardson said.

Despite the slowdown in the real estate market, he said the Timilick units ” particularly the townhomes, fill a unique niche in the area.

Priced between $1 and $1.3 million, the townhomes offer an easier alternative to buying a lot for $750,000 to build a new home, Richardson said.

“I don’t know if we are completely insulated from the real estate market, but we aren’t taking the brunt of it like in the Sacramento Valley,” Richardson said. “There is a relatively restricted supply in the Truckee-Tahoe area, and people who can afford to live or buy a second home in the area generally don’t have the credit issues.”

When the litigation unfolded over the Martis Valley Community Plan in 2006, Timilick’s plans remained relatively unchanged compared to other developments like Martis Camp, Richardson said, attributing the amicability to the low density of housing, the open space and workforce housing in the development.

“We had support from the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, and didn’t get public opposition from the environmental groups,” Richardson said.

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