Canyon County Golf Partners acquired the private 150-acre golf course in Nampa, Idaho, which has been closed since April 2012. A redesigned public golf course with an amplified “fun factor” is set to open in spring 2014 under new management and a new name. A new clubhouse will likely be complete in spring 2015.
Hunter’s Point Golf Course in Nampa, Idaho is set to open a redesigned course in spring 2014 under new management and with a new name, the (Nampa) Idaho Press-Tribune reported.
Canyon County Golf Partners acquired the 150-acre course from M3 Corporation. The course has been closed since April 2012 due to financial problems, the Press-Tribune reported.
Canyon County Golf Partners includes Cleo Miller, a Nampa farmer and businessman; Ray Gross, a local farmer and owner of Canyon Tree Nursery; and Clint Travis and Jerry Breaux, who also manage other area golf courses including BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell and River Birch Golf Course in Star, the Press-Tribune reported.
Part of what attracted the group to Hunter’s Point was the challenge of turning it around, Travis said. They faced a similar situation with the TimberStone course, which had also gone into financial distress but had good results, the Press-Tribune reported.
“I think we were able to pull off something special out there that customers like,” Travis said. “We want to take that same philosophy and bring it over here.”
The new owners plan to change Hunter’s Point from a challenging private golf course to a public course with more of a fun factor, Travis said. Since the golf partners acquired the course early last summer, they have been hard at work to determine where changes need to be made, the Press-Tribune reported.
“Every single hole, every single bunker is getting looked at to determine the strategic value,” Travis said.
Some of the bunkers will be filled in, two greens will be moved and there will be eight new tee boxes along with many small changes, Travis said. The driving range will also be moved up and widened by 25 percent, and 1,100 trees will be planted with 25 additional acres of irrigated turf, the Press-Tribune reported.
The new owners have named Matt Titus as superintendent, have appointed maintenance staff, and are in the process of hiring other key staff members, Travis said.
The clubhouse will be another significant change at the course. A new two-story clubhouse will be built on the rim—which is closer to Lake Lowell—to take advantage of the views. It replaces a smaller, single-story clubhouse farther back from the lake, the Press-Tribune reported.
The new clubhouse will feature sliding glass doors to show off the views of the lake and will make a nice venue for weddings, Travis said. It will open with a snack bar, but there will be a space available for a future restaurant to-go, the Press-Tribune reported.
Construction on the clubhouse will likely be complete in spring 2015, the Press-Tribune reported.
The new course is anticipated to open in spring 2014, but Travis said the exact opening date will depend on the right conditions. The partners want to make sure the course is ready to make a good first impression, the Press-Tribune reported.
“It’s a gem that really needed polishing,” Travis said.
They also plan to rename the course to signify its new beginnings but haven’t decided on that name yet, the Press-Tribune reported.