Renovation project expected to begin winter 2021; reopening slated for spring/summer 2022
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City officials Tuesday night approved a contract for the renovation of John Conrad Regional Golf Course.
The city council approved a contract for architectural and engineering services with PDG, LLC d.b.a. Heckenkemper Golf Course Design. The contract is not to exceed $371,000.
The golf course renovation is included in the $53.65 million bond issue approved by voters in 2018. The project will include reconstruction of the playing surfaces, bunkers and practice range, as well as replacement of the irrigation system and purchase of new equipment.
In June, city staff sent a request for proposal to seven firms. Five of those responded in July. A committee consisting of city staff, and golf course staff had in person-presentations with the three firms.
City staff plan to begin work on the golf course renovation in winter 2021. The course is expected to stay closed for about one year and reopen in spring/summer 2022, said Vaughn Sullivan, assistant public works director,
“The design group will help us design bent grass greens and it is their recommendation that with bent grass you get two growing seasons before you allow the players onto the surface,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said they could have a partial opening earlier for the driving range and practice greens.
Councilman Pat Byrne said he would like to see the city try and keep the driving range open for schools that practice there. He also reminded residents that Hidden Creek Family Golf Course will remain open throughout the renovation of John Conrad.