Lakeview Executive Golf Course could soon be purchased by the town of Pahrump, after officials approved moving forward with the idea.
Nye County commissioners on Tuesday made a $650,000 offer to the owner of the property, Lakeview Golf Association, LLC, with the condition that Great Basin Water Company provide free effluent water until at least 2050.
In addition, the deed restriction that would prevent any subdivision being built on these acres expires in 2018. Another condition stipulated by Nye County commissioners would extend the deed restriction at least until 2050.
The idea was spearheaded by Nye County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen, who argued that if the golf course is sold to an investment group, they will want to turn it into more homes.
“This property is best suited as a golf course, especially for our seniors and junior golfers,” Schinhofen said. “By making it a municipal course and having a management company run it, we will be saving not only a piece of history here in the valley, but also making sure that this remains a golf course into the future.”
The 62.5-acre golf course is at 1471 East Mount Charleston Drive in Pahrump. The property includes a two-story clubhouse with maintenance shop and golf course equipment.
The golf course currently has a number of employees, the majority of whom work part time. The venue also has a lot of volunteers. Officials said the town of Pahrump would need a management company to take over the golf course, as Nye County doesn’t have enough employees to oversee the property.
Schinhofen argued that without a mortgage or debt, the golf course can “break even.”
“And for golf courses these days, it’s a big thing. When brought back to its former glory, this course could also attract visitors who would come up to spend the night at Mountain Falls. We may be to capture them for an additional night, which would mean heads and beds and money spent at other local establishments,” he said.
Commissioners approved moving forward with the idea 4-1. Commissioner Donna Cox was the only one to vote against it.
Cox questioned the financial viability of the property.
“I just see this as an up-and-coming liability,” Cox said.
Philip Wolfgang, president of Lakeview Golf Association, LLC, said the venue will be a “great asset” for the town.
“I’m just happy that they decided to do that,” Wolfgang said.
The property is owned by a number of shareholders and has been on the market for a few months, Wolfgang said. Before the purchase can go forward, he said all of the shareholders have to approve it.
Contact reporter Daria Sokolova at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter: @dariasokolova77