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After being turned down due to public access for the Deer Ridge course we set our sights on Soldier Springs.

We walked the 55 acres and started focusing on the 30 acres near the back of the property. We next designed a rough layout and played the course with a temporary basket. After that round we decided to make a few changes and redesigned four or five holes and played another round.

We still weren't a hundred percent happy with the flow and felt a couple holes could be improved upon on the back nine.  So, we made a couple changes and redesigned three or four holes and it just came together. We finally felt really good about the whole course start to finish and felt we had multiple signature holes as well.

Next step was the formal proposal to the city one week ago. The meeting went extremely well with only a minor points in question but nothing major and certainly no deal breakers.

The wanted to come out and do a walk-through before putting it to vote with the Parks Board and City Concil. We did that and there were only a couple of minor issues discussed. First, there is some natural grassland on holes 12, 13, and 16 but it isn't even knee high and they are more tufts that shouldn't give you too much trouble if you pay attention to your throw. They just wanted clarification that after the install, we weren't going to expect them to maintain those ares. Second, the property borders an elementary school and they wanted to verify the border of the park as it relates to the school.

There is some rock ledges on the course but the parks department mentioned having the heavy equipment needed for the install and that shouldn't be a problem.

Now we just have to wait for the apporval which will be a couple months due to scheduling of the public meetings.

Stay tuned...

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Comment by Nascar Dave on June 22, 2011 at 8:07am
Not yet, but that's a good idea. I'll try to get out there before too long and take some to post.
Comment by Dookville on June 21, 2011 at 2:34am
Good luck man....got any pics of the property as is so we can see a before picture?

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