The town of Gypsum continues efforts to make its golf course more profitable since it bought the property in 2010 after a bank foreclosed on the private owners.
The town's latest consideration is to remodel the basement of the Gypsum Creek Clubhouse. Craig Bouck, president and CEO of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, presented ideas to Gypsum Town Council last week (March 12).
Bouck said the project would cost roughly $225,000 to $254,000 and could be done in phases. Those cost estimates include utility equipment that is needed regardless of the town's decision for a remodel. The town has already spent about $50,000 for new heating equipment and its installation, and Bouck told council members they could subtract that amount from whatever future costs they consider for the remodel.
At the end of his presentation, the council told Bouck to proceed with his proposal and come back with more refined plans for serious consideration. Bouck said he anticipates it will only take a couple months to draw up the blueprints.
The basement of the clubhouse is currently a locker room, for the most part, and it doesn't see much use. When the golf course holds a tournament, the restaurant on the main level often has to close to accommodate the event. The town hopes to turn the basement into a space that can host events and allow the restaurant to remain open at the same time.
The biggest limitation on the basement is its 8-foot high ceiling. Bouck said the locker rooms could be opened up into a banquet room that could host 100 people and have space for a band and dancing. Windows could be made into doors that open to the outside. Despite that, he said it is difficult to make a basement with an 8-foot ceiling feel as open and inviting as people would like it to be.
Gypsum Council member Tom Edwards agreed the ceiling is a significant limitation.
"I don't get a good feeling about this," he said. "I think the use of this space would be minimal."
Other council members said something has to be done with the basement, which is essentially worthless for increasing revenue at the course as it is now.
"We've been doing all these improvements with the golf course and we can't stop now," said Mayor Steve Carver. "The golf course is on the map now. This will move it a little higher on the map."
Council member Tim McMichael said increasing Gypsum Creek's ability to host tournaments with more frequency is key.
"Tournaments bring the dollars," he said.
Meanwhile, the new Creek Side restaurant is preparing to open on the main level of the clubhouse. Creek Side has a soft opening for Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, and will have a grand opening two weeks later on Saturday, April 13. Creek Side is also hosting the Fire and Ice Gala for the Eagle Valley High School Foundation this spring at a date that is yet to be announced.