What will occur to Sun Valley Golf Course? – The San Diego Union
March 6, 2017 - Picnic Time
Tucked divided into a hills of 22-acre MacArthur Park, Sun Valley Golf Course is a friendly bit of immature in downtown La Mesa.
The 9-hole open golf march with dual sets of tees non-stop in 1954. It’s subsequent to a city’s metropolitan pool and above a La Mesa National Little League round field.
At a cost of only $6 to play, Sun Valley is a place where many La Mesa kids initial learn a sport.
La Mesa historian Jim Newland pronounced Sun Valley was built to assistance fill a opening when a 18-hole La Mesa Country Club sealed in 1951.
Since 2011, a brief march has been carrying a tough time financially.
The cost of H2O has skyrocketed, and bills for utilities, taxes, word and staffing have been ascent for owners Johnny Gonzales, a PGA pro, and his wife, Mary Jane.
The city, that owns a land, entered into a franchise agreement with a Gonzaleses to run a course, a pro emporium and break emporium in 1997. The franchise lapsed in 2012 and a five-year prolongation was granted.
Last fall, a integrate requested an early stop from their lease, and a city agreed.
Mary Jane Gonzales pronounced it is tough for them to let go of a course, withdrawal behind a storied story and clever village presence. They occupy 4 students as part-time workers and have a golf pro on a payroll whose mother only had a baby, she said.
“We adore a kids who play here,” she said, fighting behind tears. “I consider of so many people, so many kids who play here. To consider that it would be gone…”
Patrick Shannon, who helps conduct a course, pronounced he stays carefully confident Sun Valley competence have one some-more life to live.
Shannon pronounced a march averages about 35 players a day, some-more on a weekends and holidays. He pronounced it needs to move in some-more than a $100,000 to $110,000 a year that it has been.
“For us to be solvent, we need to get closer to $150,000 a year,” he said.
A city staff news found that disappearing appearance and increasing irrigation costs have caused hurdles for many executive golf courses in a San Diego County region.
La Mesa is evaluating options and is looking into holding over a course, or presumably doing something else with a property.
It also has concluded to work with a operators over a subsequent 6 months. The open will be given notice and will be asked for input.
Previously scheduled events will go on as planned, and people who have unclaimed vouchers will have time to use them.
“I’m unhappy to see them go,” pronounced City Councilwoman Kristine Alessio. “I used to play there a lot.”
Alessio is operative with City Councilman Guy McWhirter on a issue. They devise to travel a golf march with Assistant City Manager Greg Humora and Community Services Director Sue Richardson this week to get a improved thought of short-term uses of a area.
The city is operative on upgrading and expanding MacArthur Park as a whole, including adding outside aptness equipment, an off-leash dog area, tennis courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard.
Besides a pool and Kuhlken round field, a park already has a kid lot, several cruise areas with tables and a distraction center. Two ancestral buildings that a city rents out, Porter Hall and Nan Couts Cottage, are also inside a park.
Sun Valley has attempted to reinvent itself a integrate of times, charity front golf starting in 2005, and feet golf, in that players launch a soccer round along a march with their feet, in 2015.
It is home to a annual Birdies and Beers tournament, that raises supports for several non increase in La Mesa. This year’s eventuality is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Mar 25.