Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Falcon Lakes Golf Course to begin play in August

July 17, 2002

Falcon Lakes Golf Course representatives have a simple goal in mind offer the public a quality golf experience at a reasonable price.

"We think people are paying too much to play golf," said Steve Jablonowski, vice president of operations for Falcon Golf Management.

"Our goals are to get golfers out there," he added.

Falcon Lakes Golf Course, an 18-hole public course on Kansas Highway 7, is completing construction and will be open for play Aug. 1.

Jablonowski said he wanted to quell rumors and make it clear that Falcon Lakes is a public course open to everyone.

"It's fairly important that we welcome the community into our area and that we're accepted into the area," he said.

The course's desire to bring golfers into the area at a low cost is reinforced by its rates the opening day green fees for the course will be $35 for 18 holes and a cart.

Jablonowski said the $35 rate would remain intact at least through the opening month and September.

During a tour of the course, Tuesday, July 16, Jablonowski said Falcon Lakes was ready for play but administrators wanted to fine tune details before the grand opening.

That includes installing the clubhouse, which for the next several months will consist of a temporary

building.

The permanent clubhouse will encompass more than 13,000 square feet and have three levels housing the pro shop, Falcon Golf Management corporate offices, a restaurant and banquet hall.

"We should be in there through Christmas and open up the clubhouse in January," Jablonowski said.

The restaurant, like the golf course, will be open to the public seven days a week and have a view overlooking the golf course and a lake.

The golf course measures more than 7,000 yards from the back tees and features zoysia fairways, tee boxes and bentgrass greens. Falcon Lakes is a par-71 course.

Also available at Falcon Lakes will be a chipping and putting green, driving range, golf school, lessons and annual passes.

Jablonowski said the passes would be good for not only Falcon Lakes, but another company course, Falcon Valley, at Kansas Highway 10 and Woodland Road in Lenexa.

From a scenic aspect, the golf course has three lakes, the biggest of which entails 60 acres with an island waterfall in the center.

The golf course will be surrounded by a 550 to 600 home development. The development and golf course were annexed by the Basehor City Council in March 2001.

The annexation of the development and golf course not only adds property and sales tax to the city, but also offers employment opportunities to residents.

Jablonowski said Falcon Lakes would add 50 new jobs to the city through the golf course, restaurant and clubhouse.

Falcon Lakes will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at the course maintenance building, located off of Hollingsworth Road.

"We hope the local employment pool will come and take a look and see what we have to offer," Jablonowski said

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