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Update: Boise Takes A Swing at New Golf Course Acquisition

City officials enthused over donation of Quail Hollow Golf Club



The Boise City Council unanimously approved the acquisition of the Quail Hollow Golf Course at its Nov. 19 evening meeting.

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As Boise Weekly was going to press on Nov. 19, the Boise City Council was gearing up to consider the acquisition of an 18-hole golf course that had been donated to the city by a local businessman. Vote totals were not available by press time, but officials seemed enthused about the prospect.

The 140-acre Quail Hollow Golf Course, located at 4520 N. 36th St. in Boise, was gifted to the city by Dave Hendrickson, along with all necessary equipment and an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, with the stipulation that the land either remains a golf course or be converted to open space.

"It is truly the best of what we see in Boise," Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said at a press conference Nov. 18, where he unveiled the donation.

If accepted, the course would be Boise's second municipal golf facility after Warm Springs Golf Course. According to Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway, the operation of Quail Hollow will follow that of Warm Springs, paying for its operations through user fees and rentals, which, he added, will likely stay at current levels.

"No general funds will be used to operate the course," Holloway said.

Until self-sufficiency is attained, however, the course will get a boost from Parks and Rec surplus funds to cover payroll and incidental expenses.

Bieter was optimistic the Council would accept Hendrickson's gift.

"I think the Council will approve this donation," he said at the Nov. 18 press event.

Councilman T.J. Thomson told BW that he planned to vote in favor of the gift.

"It's another jewel we'll protect," he said.

The acquisition comes on the heels of two narrowly defeated bond initiatives heavily promoted by Bieter, including $10 million for the city's open space fund to purchase land in the Boise Foothills and other areas.

The gift to the city comes as a consolation to the mayor, who invested considerable political capital in the failed bonds.

"We need to remember that there will be days like this when the pieces fall in [place]," Bieter said.

Thomson, however, said that the two parcels, both tucked in the Boise Foothills, serve separate city interests.

"I do see it as quite different," he said.

Councilwoman Lauren McLean agreed.

"These are two very separate issues [from the bond]," she told BW, adding that she, like Thomson, intended to vote in favor of the acquisition.

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