Originally Published: May 24, 2010 10:11 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The old clubhouse at Antelope Hills Golf Course could get a new look this year.
City officials think spending about $275,000 to refurbish the old building would make it attractive to the community to rent for meetings, parties, weddings and other social activities.
The City Council members talked about the old clubhouse during their budget study session Monday.
Mayor Marlin Kuykendall said refurbishing the old clubhouse would coincide with a new road that runs past the building to the airport. The project also includes paving the parking lot.
"If the clubhouse is improved, there will be a high demand to use it from the community," said Mic Fenech, Administrative Services director. "There is a detriment now - the building has no face and there is no parking lot."
Councilman Jim Lamerson asked if city officials would include the clubhouse in the enterprise fund. Finance Director Mark Woodfill said the council could do so.
The benefit of the clubhouse, the mayor said, is that the kitchen is "adequate for any restaurant to use and cater an event. A restaurant could pay rent for the building and then bring their own food in to cater an event."
Woodfill said, "I see this as an asset, especially for the north side of Prescott. We need to capitalize on it whether it is part of the golf course or separate. Initially, redoing the old clubhouse should be separate ... However, if the council wants it to be part of the enterprise fund, that is OK, but it would be a different aspect."
City officials see the old clubhouse as another piece of tourism.
Lamerson said it is "no different than the Manzanita Grill. It is another part of the property; it is an asset. I don't have a problem doing up this building."
According to Woodfill, the old clubhouse is "no different than if it was attached to the Manzanita Grill."
Councilman Steve Blair envisions the old clubhouse as a revenue generator and asked if the city could operate it as an extension of the grill. Mack McCarley, Antelope Hills general manager, said it could, but operating it as an extension may require additional part-time employees.
Ideally, city officials would like to refurbish the clubhouse before work begins on the road.
City Manager Steve Norwood said the clubhouse could be available for use by spring 2011.