L.A. Nickell Golf Course plans three-phase renovation process

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 6:06 p.m. CST; updated 8:00 p.m. CST, Friday, November 9, 2012
This is the current clubhouse at the L.A. Nickell Golf Course. There will be a public meeting held there on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. for people to comment on the new renovation plans.

COLUMBIA — Since it was built about 25 years ago, the clubhouse at L.A. Nickell Golf Course has never seen a renovation. That will change by the end of this year when the course is slated for an overhaul.

The $110,000 plan calls for refurbished restrooms, new lighting and flooring and a machine that makes it easy to refill water bottles.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse to hear from golfers and others about the project that will be financed with green fees from the golf course.

"Employees seem to be happy with getting it cleaned up and a little bit more organized," senior parks planner Matt Boehner said.

Boehner said the first phase of the project will replace skylights in the roof that are leaking and damaging the drywall, ceiling and floor. 

Other renovations include replacing windows, expanding the retail merchandise area, combining three storage closets into one and moving the front desk and concession stand next to each another.

The men's and women's bathrooms will also be switched and expanded to accommodate longer lines that occur tournaments.

During the renovation, the building will also be brought up to the latest requirements under the American with Disabilities Act. That portion of the project will be funded with separate funds from the city of Columbia, totaling between $3,000 to $5,000, Boehner said.

The money for the renovation has already been approved, Boehner said, but Tuesday's meeting will serve as a forum for people to voice their opinions on the project. Boehner said he thinks they will receive more feedback when the renovation is complete.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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