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Rockwood Golf Course construction begins this week

rendering of Rockwood Golf Course ClubhouseThe new clubhouse will provide an enhanced golf experience at Rockwood.

Construction on a new clubhouse at Rockwood Park Golf Course begins Feb. 6.

In the next few weeks, course visitors will begin to see preparation for the start of construction. Grass will be removed and harvested from the practice green between the cart path and the parking lot behind tee No. 1. This green will no longer be in use in order to accommodate much-needed additional parking spaces. The harvested grass will be used in other places at Rockwood Park as well as at Meadowbrook Golf Course.

Soon after, two mobile buildings will be installed to serve as a temporary snack shop, pro shop and restrooms while the new clubhouse is being built. The 18-hole course and River’s Edge course will remain fully operational during construction.

The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2021 with a grand opening shortly after.

Amenities will include a larger pro shop, multipurpose meeting room, lower-level cart storage, outdoor patios and new snack shop and grill that will enhance the food and beverage experience at Rockwood. An additional 25-28 parking spaces will be available when the project is complete.

The original Rockwood Park Golf Course was opened in 1938. In November 2015, the course underwent a $5 million reconstruction. These improvements have been well received, and play at the city-owned course has increased by 50 percent.

The City Council authorized a design-build contract for the clubhouse for up to $6.7 million. Combined with administrative costs, the total project cost is $7.7 million, to be paid with bond funds.

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