Temperatures in the low 50s, 12-mph wind and clouds didn’t keep players away from Juniper Golf Course Jan. 23. But officials say the course will need more than golf to excel.

Redmond hired a consultant, who determined an events pavilion would be the best way to get more people to the course, Redmond Mayor George Endicott said at a Jan. 23 Rotary Club of Redmond meeting. The project is part of an extension with CourseCo, a California company Redmond pays to operate the course.

“His company said that one of the most sought-after improvements to see at a golf course is something other than golf, and events is big” he told the audience.

After the meeting, Endicott said Juniper is doing well, but with around 30 courses in the area, the competition is tough.

“One of the things we’re finding is golf is pretty steady, but you have to have more,” he said.

While Juniper has a banquet area, where the Rotary meetings are held, Endicott said it is not large enough for large weddings or other events.

What the pavilion will look like has yet to be determined, Endicott said.

According to an August Bulletin story, CourseCo originally looked at three ideas to invest in as part of a proposal to extend its operating agreement through 2024. Along with the pavilion, it considered a covered driving range and golf simulators.

Though more costly, a city committee determined the events pavilion would bring in more revenue because of estimates that the pavilion could increase golf rounds by between 1,000 and 1,500 rounds annually.

In 2018, 32,550 paid rounds were played at the municipal course, which is 13% more than the amount of rounds played three years ago, according to The Bulletin.

Reporter: 541-548-2186,

gfolsom@redmondspokesman.com

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