By Rusty Bradshaw
After several delays, work to rebuild the South Golf Course, 11000 N. 103rd Ave., pro and snack shops got underway in earnest last week.
Some regular golfers at the course were concerned that work had not started on the facility earlier in the summer. Karen Schuermann and Gene Westemeier questioned the board and management during the Sept. 10 member/director exchange meeting about the renovation progress.
“There is not much going on at South,” Ms. Schuermann said. “This has not been done very well.”
She and Mr. Westemeier led the charge the last few years to get the South project on the Recreation Centers of Sun City annual capital improvement budget.
“I agree with Karen,” Mr. Westemeier said.
The RCSC board relented and put it on the 2017 schedule, but that was delayed early that year when the board suspended all preservation and improvement projects due to pending litigation. However, the Willowcreek/Willowbrook Golf Course, 10600 N. Boswell Blvd., renovation and the South project were restarted in 2018.
Demolition of the existing building was expected to start in May. However, the first delay came in April when RCSC staff modified the floor plan due to spacing concerns. That pushed back permit submission by two weeks. Then no general contractor bids were received by the May 24 deadline. RCSC officials had project approval from Maricopa County planners in June and Robert E. Porters was selected as general contractor in July.
Chris Herring, RCSC assistant general manager, said Sept. 10 that final inspections were to be conducted Sept. 11 and demolition of the existing building was expected to be completed last week. He also said RCSC staff was in communication with Arizona Public Service for electricity hookup at the site for the temporary pro and snack shop.
“Part of the problem with the permits was that the area straddled two different zones,” he explained. “We requested it be grandfathered, but that was not approved.”
The golf course will be open during construction of the pro and snack shops, and the planned gold cart barn. However, Ms. Schuermann believes the measures RCSC staff undertook for food and beverage service at the site during construction is inadequate. They are to be housed in temporary trailers on the property.
“We have talked about getting some food trucks in there; not necessarily every day,” Mr. Herring said. “We will also have a shaded area there where golfers can sit.”
RCSC conducts a member/director exchange meeting the second Monday each month, with alterations for holidays, to allow residents to chat with board members about rec center issues. The next exchange meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in the social hall at Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd.