Canyons has new plan for golf course |

Canyons has new plan for golf course

Landowners are anxious to move forward with construction of a golf course at The Canyons after bickering among some of the parties has delayed the project for nearly five years.

By excluding from the plan property owned by Wolf Mountain Resorts, The Canyons Resort Village Management Association, which represents around 20 property owners at the resort, hopes construction of the golf course can begin in 2008.

"We’re absolutely not shutting the door on letting people come in and sign up on everything as it exists today," said Joanne Nadalin, director of The Canyons Resort Village Management Association. "Everyone else has agreed to everything except Wolf Mountain."

To facilitate construction of the resort several land transfers must occur among the property owners, she explained.

"Those land transfers have not yet happened," Nadalin said. "If everybody were to come to the table and finish signing the escrow documents that we had set up about a year ago, that would be great and we would move forward with the golf course as it was approved a year ago."

But Wolf Mountain Resorts managing partner Kenny Griswold hasn’t come to the table, she claims.

"We’re trying to make sure that since Wolf Mountain has indicated they don’t want to plat at this point, that we’re enabling the golf course to move forward and enabling the other parties to move forward with their development," Nadalin said.

The new plan could mean a dispute between Wolf Mountain and The Canyons parent company, American Skiing Co., won’t delay other development at the resort.

"It appears people are operating on different timetables," she said.

A par 3 hole approved last year at the course would likely be situated farther east near the corner of State Road 224 and Canyons Resort Drive.

But before construction begins the Summit County Commission must approve the plan after the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission hears from the Resort Village Management Association.

"It depends on how long these processes take," Nadalin said when asked when construction of the course would begin.

She is confident that crews could begin in the spring of 2008 should the resort secure money to finance the course.

Wolf Mountain owns most of the ski terrain at The Canyons, which Griswold began leasing to American Skiing Company in the late 1990s. The specially planned area, or SPA agreement, brought together many landowners who agreed an 18-hole golf course would complete the transformation of The Canyons into a 4-season resort.

Legal snags along the way, however, have included the bitter lease battle being fought by Wolf Mountain and American Skiing Company in court.

Still, Nadalin insists Wolf Mountain is not damaged by the new golf course plan.

"They still have land adjacent to the golf course and they’ll still benefit from the golf course," she said.

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