Lakeview Golf Course to undergo host of improvements in next 5-10 years
“It will not be an all out full course renovation by any means,” Jason Gunnare said. “It’s going to be more of a piecemeal. A lot of the things we are doing are going to be done a little bit at a time.”
Plans for multiple improvements to Lakeview Golf Course are underway.
The City of Mitchell Golf and Cemetery Department recently selected Norby Golf Course Design to develop a master plan for Lakeview, which will now undergo a series of improvements in the next 5-10 years.
Lakeview Golf & Cemetery Superintendent Jason Gunnare said it will be a gradual process and the course will undergo improvements to tee boxes, bunkers, greens, trees, cart paths and drainage issues.
“It will not be an all out full course renovation by any means,” Gunnare said. “It’s going to be more of a piecemeal. A lot of the things we are doing are going to be done a little bit at a time.”
The course officials plan to prioritize items and Gunnare said everything is on the table at this point. There’s no definitive dollar amount and each individual project will be given an estimate by Norby, said Gunnare.
“Once we come up with a plan, we will still have to submit it to council and council will still have to approve the money on a yearly basis for it,” Gunnare said. “It’s an exciting process and it’s good to get some fresh eyes on it.”
The fresh set of eyes belong to Kevin Norby, who is the owner of Norby Golf Course Design. The Chaska, Minnesota-based company was selected after course officials received six total proposals from architects in the Dakotas and Minnesota, among others.
Kevin Norby is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and has designed and constructed more than 100 courses throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Norby has done projects in Minnesota and South Dakota, including the Brookings Country Club and Sioux Falls courses’ Bakker Crossing Golf Course and Elmwood Golf Course, among others.
During the selection process, course officials considered a number of requirements that included:
Firm profile, qualifications and experience
Past performance and experience
Project approach, methodology and schedule of events
Familiarity, availability and compensation
Gunnare said there wasn’t a bad proposal and that Norby’s resume conducive to the region stood out above the rest.
“We decided he fit best for our project,” Gunnare said. “What we are getting done is more of a master plan, not necessarily design work at this point in time. But kind of a prioritization of projects.”
Norby spent a full day evaluating the course a month ago. In the coming weeks, Norby will return to Lakeview for another site visit and a later one to finalize plans and cost estimations.
Course officials have conducted public meetings and there’s a survey available to the public. Gunnare encourages people to submit their opinions and what improvements they’d like to see at the course.
“We are hoping to make Lakeview a better golf course for the community, and in the same sense, make it more challenging for the good golfers,” Gunnare said. “But also we don’t want to make it too challenging for the average golfer.”