New golf course swings into action
A string of 100-degree days and dry weather caused the Falcon Lakes Golf Course to delay its grand opening by a week.
Outside of area farmers, there wasn't anyone happier with Tuesday's rainfall than course representatives.
Steve Jablonowski, vice president of operations for Falcon Golf Management, said the rain would improve course conditions.
"This is going to be a first-class golf course and facility right in your backyard," Jablonowski said.
Falcon Lakes is an 18-hole public golf course on Kansas Highway 7.
The golf course was scheduled to open Aug. 1, but instead it opened to the public Thursday, Aug. 8.
Jablonowski said the new course has received good reviews from area golfers so far.
"Everyone we have talked to has loved the layout," Jablonowksi said. "They were glad we were open. I could feel they were happy about us being here just as we're happy about being here."
Basehor City Council member Julian Espinoza was the first to tee off Thursday morning.
"I loved it," Espinoza said. "Once everything gets built up and grown in and they get some good weather, it will be beautiful."
Basehor-Linwood School District officials said Falcon Lakes would most likely be the new home course for the high school golf team. The golf team's current home course is Sunflower Hills in Bonner Springs.
Falcon Lakes representatives have already offered the school district the use of new course. A decision could be made in coming weeks, school officials said.
In addition to providing area duffers a new place to play, Falcon Lakes also provides new jobs to area residents.
Jablonowski said 15 area residents were hired by the golf course during a job fair in July.
"They were primarily Basehor residents," Jablonowski said.
Falcon Lakes Golf Course is open seven days a week. The green fees are at a preview rate of $35 for 18 holes and a cart.
Jablonowksi said the rate would remain intact at least through the month of August.
To reach the Falcon Lakes pro shop call (913) 724-GOLF. Golfers are asked to call a week in advance for tee times.