A public groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 9, that will mark the start of the Vail Golf and Nordic Center Clubhouse renovation project. During construction, impacts to play at the Vail Golf Club will be kept to a minimum with 18 holes available until closing day on Oct. 25.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking follows approval of an $8.175 million construction contact by the Vail Town Council on Sept. 1. The general contactor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group.
Vail Mayor Pro Tem Ludwig Kurz will be joined by other members of the Town Council along with representatives from the Vail Recreation District Board of Directors in leading the brief ceremony. Golfers, Nordic skiers and other clubhouse users are invited to take part. Kurz says the project will help complete a long list of improvements to public facilities in recent years and honor a commitment to the community. “While this groundbreaking has taken longer to come together than we had initially hoped, we look forward to the day we can return to this site a year from now and celebrate the opening of a facility we can all be proud of,” he said.
Due to fencing and construction staging, guests attending the groundbreaking are asked to park off site at Ford Park and catch a shuttle to the ceremony. A dedicated bus will circulate between the two locations beginning at 3:15 p.m. to allow ample on-site parking for golf activities.
The renovation, designed by Zehren and Associates, Inc., will provide significant improvements to all existing uses of the building, including the pro shop, Nordic center, restaurant and cart storage. The project also includes a modest expansion to accommodate community uses with a maximum capacity of 160 people. Construction will take from 10 to 12 months.
In preparation for the start of construction, the clubhouse will close at the end of business on Monday, Sept. 7. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the contractor will begin mobilization with installation of fencing, the placement of a construction trailer and excavation equipment. On Thursday, Sept. 10, demolition of the building will begin and will take up to two weeks. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with work on Saturdays as needed.
Parking spaces will be maintained on site for golf and Nordic operations throughout construction. During the remainder of September and through the end of the season, golf operations will allow for 18-hole play via walking, push carts and golf bikes. In addition, 40 gas-powered carts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Snacks and beverages will be available via the starter building. The driving range will close for the season during the week of Sept. 28. Nordic operations will begin on Nov. 1 with season pass and retail sales in temporary facilities.
The Town of Vail owns the golf course property and leases the clubhouse building and grounds to the Vail Recreation District for operations. The renovation project was initiated after voters approved “expansion and improvement of the clubhouse at Vail Golf Course and Nordic Center, including multi-use community space” in 2011 as part of the $9.4 million Conference Center fund reallocation. Since then, several lawsuits were filed by adjacent property owners objecting to the project. A case is pending in the Colorado Court of Appeals regarding an existing covenant on the property, which the District Count has determined was not violated by the town’s planned clubhouse remodel. In the event the District Court ruling is overturned, the town is prepared to restrict the building’s uses which have been scaled accordingly.
For more information or to sign up for clubhouse remodel updates, visit vailgov.com/clubhouse. To inquire about reservations of the community/banquet space, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Greg Hall, 970-479-2160
Public Works Director