Updated on November 10, 2022
The City of Asheville is underwriting a significant capital improvement project here at the Asheville Municipal Golf Course. The project will be managed and executed by Commonwealth Golf Partners II – Asheville (CGPA) on behalf of the City. The City is responsible for raising the funds to execute the project and is paying CGPA a 4% management fee on all capital projects exceeding $25,000.
In total a target Phase 1 budget is $3.5 Million, through a mix of City of Asheville Capital Improvement funds, user based fees, and grants. To date over $2.7 Million has been committed to the project, with additional grants and funding sources pending.
|City of Asheville – Various Funding Accounts||$1,075,000||in hand|
|COA Previous Design –||$29,800||Spent|
|FMF ’22 – 25||$90,000||pending|
|PGA REACH Grant||$250,000||pending|
|Mary S Covington Foundation Grant||$20,000||pending|
|Capital Campaign/Private Donations/Sponsorships||$75,000||pending|
|Payment of back payments from Pope Golf LLC||$324,000||pending|
|BC TDA – TPDF Grant||$1,641,425||In hand|
|Total Goal Project Budget||$3,505,225|
The City & Commonwealth are currently negotiating a final scope and scale of the project. After a Phase 1 final budget is agreed upon it will be posted on this page. We anticipate a final budget to be agreed upon by January 1, 2023. A goal budget (assuming all of the above funding is awarded) is listed below as previously communicated.
|Stormwater & water retention design||$222,375|
|tree study||$3,500||*already spent|
|Stormwater assessment –||$26,300||*already spent|
|Stormwater Remediation & Irrigation Water Retention||$1,779,000|
|Select Fairway regrass||$100,000|
|Tree removal, thinning & replacement||$250,000|
|cart path repairs||$275,000|
|Fabrication & installation of historical marker signage||$25,000|
As previously communicated the target timeline for the project is as detailed below. However, this timeline, like the budget above will change in the coming months with the final agreed upon budget and project scope.
- Winter ‘22 – ‘23
- Cart Paths
- Spring & Summer ‘23
- Agronomy practices
- Tee Boxes
- Cart Paths
- Tree Planting
- Fall ‘23
- Agronomy practices
- As announced at the public meeting held on September 1, 2022 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Community Center. The City of Asheville invites neighbors and property owners in the East Asheville area to request a tree to be delivered to your property.
- Looking forward, long term, if each tree that is removed is replaced with another tree on the golf course, eventually in time the course will be in a similar situation as the present with too many trees crowding into the fairways and affecting the ability to grow and maintain the various grasses.
- In order to help meet our goal of a one for one, or greater replacement of trees we would like to purchase a tree for interested property owners to plant if they so desire. Provided trees will be natives only, property owners will have a choice of type of tree, and the tree will be delivered to the property. Trees will be 6 to 8 feet in height and in the 10 to 15 gallon pot size.
- Sign up to request a tree HERE
- Treework is often one of the first projects within a golf course renovation or revitalization such as the project that is about to begin at the Muni. Shading, water access and drainage, all directly affected by trees (roots, drip edges, leaves etc) are three of the most important aspects to a successful update. A course superintendent needs to understand the environmental conditions that will affect the ability to manage the turf conditions while planning for future season practices. CGPA & the United States Golf Association reviewed the course and have recently hung ribbons on Trees throughout the course that may be removed or thinned. Thinning, for the purposes of this project is ‘limbing up’ the tree a bit to raise the canopy further off of the ground.
- The application of the ribbons was completed November 6th
- Additionally, stakes with a ribbon have been placed throughout the course in areas where trees will be replanted. The placement of these stakes was completed on November 6th.
- The goal related to trees on this project is to complete a one for one replacement of any trees removed, and if possible plant more trees than are removed by beginning a replenishment of future tree canopy.
- Trees identified for removal are mostly dead & dying trees, invasives or trees in direct competition to a playing surface.
- On November 7th and 8th, a TRAQ certified Arborist reviewed all trees that had been tagged with ribbons throughout the course providing suggestions and recommendations for each tree.
- A consolidation of said recommendations will be completed shortly and posted on this site. Additionally, each tree’s ribbon will be adjusted based on the recommendation from the Arborist, one color for removal, one for pruning/thinning and a tag with a number for the tree to correspond to the posted recommendation document.
- This document, and the adjustments to the ribbons will be completed and posted by November 22nd.
- The final plan for tree removal, thinning and replacement will be presented to the City of Asheville’s Urban Forestry Commission on Tuesday December 6th at 1:00 pm.
An informational email list has been established with periodic updates sent by the City, which will also be posted here on this website. To be added to this email list or for other questions etc, please contact Chris Corl, Director of Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities for the City of Asheville at firstname.lastname@example.org