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 Due to a current lack of storage, only 32 of the 74 golf carts at Sylvan Glen Golf Course can be charged at a time.

Due to a current lack of storage, only 32 of the 74 golf carts at Sylvan Glen Golf Course can be charged at a time.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Troy City Council approves expansion at golf pro shop

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 11, 2019

 The current Sylvan Glen clubhouse, which includes the Sylvan Glen Pro Shop and is also more commonly known as Camp Ticonderoga restaurant, is a locally designated historical facility.

The current Sylvan Glen clubhouse, which includes the Sylvan Glen Pro Shop and is also more commonly known as Camp Ticonderoga restaurant, is a locally designated historical facility.

File photo by Sarah Purlee

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TROY — A renovation and expansion of the Sylvan Glen Golf Course pro shop will begin after the Troy City Council unanimously approved a bid Nov. 25.

In November 2017, the council contracted Integrated Design Solutions to complete an assessment and analysis of 56 city-owned buildings at a cost of just over $123,000.

Dennis Trantham, the facilities and grounds operations manager for Troy, presented the findings of the report to the City Council in a study session Feb. 11.

The study revealed that the pro shop at Sylvan Glen Golf Course is in need of new awnings, siding, windows, carpet and bathrooms, according to the study, for a cost of $230,000.

“It is still an old facility and not energy efficient,” Trantham said.

The estimated cost to build a new 1,200-square-foot pro shop was $300,000.

Kurt Bovensiep, the director of public works, told the council Nov. 25 that upon further examination, Billy Casper Golf, which operates the city’s two golf courses, determined that a larger building — a new 2,700-square-foot building for a total cost of $700,000 — was needed.

He said staff began designing a renovation to the existing building to keep the project within the original budget, but they ended up determining that a renovation plus expansion was needed.

“The bones of the building are very good,” Bovensiep said.

Bovensiep explained that since the pro shop is a historical building, the Troy Historic Commission approved the conceptual design. They plan to reconfigure the pro shop to create more retail, office, break room and storage space, and to get rid of unused shower rooms, which Billy Casper said they need to make the course more marketable.

The council approved the lowest bid for the project, from Usztan in Auburn Hills, for $486,700, which includes a contingency. The council set aside $300,000 for the pro shop in this year’s budget, so a $187,000 budget amendment was needed.

“This is a big difference,” said Mayor Pro Tem David Hamilton. “It seems like we need it.”

“Budget amendments are always a little tough,” said Mayor Ethan Baker.

Councilwoman Ann Erickson Gault said she is concerned about the return on investment because golfing “is not something young people engage in.”

Bovensiep answered that not investing “would be detrimental to the profit. We have to maintain the building,” he said.

Derick Marcum, the manager of Sylvan Glen Golf Course, told the council that due to a lack of storage, only 32 of their 74 golf carts can be charged at one time.

Referring to the construction of Sanctuary Lake Golf Course, which is bonded, Bovensiep said, “It was a big ask to meet the demand 15 years ago, when there was a much higher demand for golf.”

Bovensiep said the work is scheduled to be finished by March 2020 to be the “least disruptive to golf operations.”

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