Bair Chase golf community slows down |

Bair Chase golf community slows down

Construction on the residential component at Bair Chase Golf and Rod Club has been set back to June 2004, according to a new preliminary plan filed at the Garfield County Courthouse.

The new plan calls for construction on infrastructure and utilities for 21 single-family homesites to begin next June, and construction on infrastructure for 23 affordable housing units to begin in August 2004.

The new plan does not give a construction date for the 18-hole golf course on the 280-acre parcel, located at Cattle Creek between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

Bair Chase project manager Jim Wells could not be reached for comment.

If the Bair Chase golf course is built as first proposed, it will be the fourth 18-hole golf course built between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs since the early 1990s. The most recent course to be completed is Ironbridge Golf Club, part of a residential community now under construction, which opened for play this spring.

The Garfield County Commissioners approved Bair Chase, then known as Sanders Ranch, as a planned unit development (PUD) in 2001. The plan calls for 48 single-family homes, 182 multi-family units and a private golf course, all located between Highway 82 and the Roaring Fork River.

In February of 2002, developers announced they would sell only 345 golf club memberships, which would go for $105,000 each. At the time of the announcement, project marketing director Joe Buchanan said 50 memberships had already been sold.

With a limited membership, there will be no tee times. “You just drive up and play,” Buchanan said.

On June 16, the Garfield County Commissioners gave county staff an extra 30 days to review the new plan, which was filed May 6. After staff review, the plan goes to public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission. It should come before the county commissioners this summer or in early fall, said county planner Mark Bean.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

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