City plans to open golf course Jan. 6

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Dec. 5, 2017 at 9:21 p.m.
Updated Dec. 6, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A golfer hits a ball as deer graze nearby during the Rosebud Invitational Tournament at Riverside Golf Course.

A golfer hits a ball as deer graze nearby during the Rosebud Invitational Tournament at Riverside Golf Course.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

The city has good news for Victoria's golfers: Riverside Golf Course is expected to reopen Jan. 6.

Recently, the city decided to run the golf course, saying it was cheaper than hiring private companies to manage it. Tuesday, the City Council voted to earmark $714,000 to run the course, which has been closed for the past six months.

The decision to allocate the money came after the city presented council members with a three-year business plan, which details how the city plans to cover the costs to operate the course.

Prices to play a round of golf range anywhere from $10 to $45, depending on the type of round, a golfer's age, whether they rent a golf cart and the time of day.

Meanwhile, an annual pass costs $1,800 for people who don't rent cart sheds and $1,656 for seniors. Golfers who rent golf cart sheds could pay $2,256 total for the pass and shed rental.

"If you play seven or eight times a month, you're paying less than $20 a round," said Finance Director Gilbert Reyna.

While discussing the fees, Councilman Jeff Bauknight suggested the city charge different rates for city residents and for people who live outside the city.

"To me, it's a taxpayer funded golf course, taxpayers who pay for it are residents of the city of Victoria," said Bauknight.

In response, city officials said they would come back to the City Council with different price options for people who live inside and outside the city limits.

Also on Tuesday, council members discussed whether to rebuild Crestwood Drive in asphalt or concrete. They also weighed whether to reduce the number of lanes and install 8-foot-wide sidewalks for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"I like the idea of the 8-foot-wide sidewalk," said Bauknight. "There's tons of foot traffic on there for the schools."

Donald Reese, who runs the city's public works department, said the city could build a four-lane street or reduce the number of lanes to allow for sidewalks. Right now, some parts of the lanes are used for parking, which means reducing the road to three lanes would be feasible, Reese said.

According to city estimates, it could cost about $1.2 million to $1.4 million more to build the street - whether three or four lanes - in concrete instead of asphalt.

An asphalt street lasts about 30 years, whereas concrete lasts about 50 years, he said.

"That makes it a no-brainer," said Mayor Paul Polasek.

The City Council decided to continue discussing the project on Jan. 16.



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