Beware the Trojan Horse
Forgive me for being skeptical. The report in this morning’s Daily Herald by Genelle Pugmire sighting Wasatch Educational’s willingness to “compromise” and change the wording of their proposal to buy the East Bay Golf Course “southern wedge” sounds like a gift to appease the friends of East Bay Golf Course but in reality, based on Pugmire’s words, could still, in the foreseeable future, easily destroy the championship level of the golf course including the executive course.
In my opinion, changing the wording to a “right of first refusal” does nothing to protect the golf courses’ future. According to Pugmire’s story the wording of right of first refusal, “… means during the final or third phase or ANYTIME prior, if the property is for sale, Wasatch Educational will have the first right to purchase the southern wedge.”
I read this as meaning if the Provo City Council votes to surplus the golf course land, including phases 1,2 and 3 in Wasatch Educational’s proposal, the land could be put up for sale “anytime.” Therefore Wasatch Educational still buys phase three and there is no “compromise” and the championship quality of the golf course, including the executive course, is destroyed.
What seems like a gift of compromise to the friends of East Bay Golf Course can really be seen as a Trojan Horse with Rocky Mountain University inside.
Again I state, the only win-win agreement is for Wasatch Educational to purchase phase 1 and 2 (with an unbelievably sweet offer from Provo City), build three new championship-level golf holes to Provo Parks and Recreation specs before building what is needed for the new Noorda Medicine School in phase 1 and 2 and then be done.
Any future construction on the southern wedge only benefits Rocky Mountain University and has nothing to do with the Noorda Medicine School, as designated by their phase three map (holes 13, 14 & 18). Those plans are speculative and Provo City is left with no land for a championship quality golf course including the executive course that serves our youth, families, high schools and universities.
In fact, we ought to start talking about completing the sale of phase 1 and 2 and then finding the legal means to protect the redesigned golf course in its entirety from ever being considered as surplus land and available for future developments. It should be designated as environmentally sensitive or a nature preserve so that this issue is put to bed and the golf course is protected in perpetuity as it was originally designed by former City leaders. Not to mention that the sale of phase 1 and 2 land should include enough cash to create an East Bay Golf Course account for Provo Parks and Recreation to draw from for future upkeep and facility management.
If you feel so inclined please attend the Provo City Council’s Public Comment meeting on Dec. 5th in the Provo City Council Chambers room at 5:00. Please be willing and prepared to speak in defense of the long-term survival of the championship-quality of East Bay Golf Course including the vital need for the executive course.