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New Highway Closes West Ridge, Will Rise Again in 2013 With Gene Bates As Architect
The West Ridge Golf Course has been closed for play and is not scheduled to reopen until July of 2013. A major new north-south highway known as the Mountain View Corridor is being constructed and a large portion of the golf course lies in its path. Earth moving for the new highway and the new golf course is already underway.
West Valley City, owner of the golf course, has contracted with golf course architect Gene Bates to build a new 18-hole course on much of the same land, but the course will shift to some new acreage to the north of the existing course. The clubhouse will stay in its current location, but will undergo some remodeling. The new course will have 14 holes east of the clubhouse and four holes west of the clubhouse, but all holes are being completely replaced.
Financing of the new course is being provided by UDOT through its road construction budget for the Mountain View Corridor.
Mike Richards, who has been the head professional at West Ridge since it opened in 1991, will remain the head professional at the new West Ridge course. During construction he and other key staffers will be joining the workforce at Stonebridge Golf Course which is also owned by West Valley City.
Gene Bates is excited about the design for the new course. His design portfolio in Utah includes Green Spring, Stonebridge, Riverbend, Old Mill, Talons Cove, and Soldier Hollow, the site of next year’s USGA Men’s Public Links championship. He is also currently building The Canyons in Park City.
Of the West Ridge course Bates said, “The design of the new West Ridge course will be championship quality. We have enough land to build a first rate course. It will stretch out to 7100 yards and will be comparable to any of the courses we’ve done in Utah in the past.”