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When I get frustrated on the course, I think of this routine.
Or it could be the High Desert Water District board. I didn’t want to get close enough to tell.
Hi-Desert Water District is negotiating to buy the Blue Sky Country Club property — or the note of debt from the bank. The water district directors this week authorized General Manager Ed Muzik to continue negotiating with Nara Bank in Los Angeles to acquire the deed to all four parcels of the former country club. One parcel is a five-acre property with a well for water rights of 585 acre-feet a year, which the water district could tap.
Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD) is saying this will save them $250K per year in water acquisition.
There’s no question that water rights are a big deal and critical to this area. What is bothersome is the ambivalence HDWD is showing regarding the land itself, saying it could be used by the town “as a park” or that ‘perhaps an investor could develop the course’. Making the properties a park takes the properties off
the tax rolls (and their maintenance out of the hands of HDWD). Any investor thinking about rebuilding the course is going to take a long and hard look. I don’t think they’ll like what they see. The only advantage is that it’s already zoned for a golf course and the land is clear. The acreage there is barely enough for a course; HDWD will most likely fence off or make unavailable any property with water rights. Factor in the long-term plan to reroute the westbound portion of CA Route 62, and the property becomes even smaller.
And this also comes at a time when HDWD is over $1 million in the hole and is trying to also comply with state requirements and install a sewage system (which also means increased rates for its customers).
Water rights are important long-term for Yucca Valley. HDWD’s idea of stewardship is another matter.
Update (3/28/11): It appears that things have gotten more complicated for the High Desert Water District. According to local radio KCDZ:
According to a court ruling, any water extracted from sites on Blue Skies County Club would have to be used exclusively on the property. Hi-Desert Water General Manager Ed Muzik said they have no restrictions on pumping water, yet would be limited to pumping water from Blue Skies wells for use at any other place but Blue Skies. If the Water District were to buy the golf course and water rights, that could render the land useless as a golf course at best. Or the District could re-open the adjudication, which could be a costly legal maneuver.
Which means that the HDWD has to either take take the restriction to court (meaning serious money for legal fees) or use the water anywhere but on the property; the profitable use of which apparently was never given much open thought by the District. I say “open thought” because I think the restriction was known way in advance by HDWD. Which is why there were the “park” and now rendered-moot “golf course” public statements. However, selling it for housing development if and when the market improves…..?
News of the weird:
“Douglas Jones, 57, of La Quinta was cited by Joshua Tree National Park authorities for abandoning property, littering and feeding wildlife. Jones tossed some 3,000 golf balls from his vehicle. Jones also scattered tennis balls, park literature and left fruit and vegetables along park roads. The Park spent $9000 and over 250 hours for clean-up.”
According to the news reports, Jones says he threw the golf balls to “honor deceased golfers” and left the food (in cans, according to the LA Times) for hikers. Turns out he works at a golf course.
The ironic thing is, with winter coming he’ll probably have another 3,000 balls available to toss.
I gotta get my golf kicks elsewhere.
I’ve long held the belief that you can tell a person’s character by the way they play golf. Bill Clinton’s taking multiple mulligans, for example. Or the regular playing-partner of a coworker, who ends up breaking at least 2-3 clubs a season in a fit of rage.
Then there’s this in the NYT’s Economix blog about Bernie Madoff:
CNBC found records of Mr. Madoff’s golf scores from the Golf Handicap and Information Network. Between 1998 and 2000 Mr. Madoff registered 20 scores from games played at the Palm Beach Country Club, Atlantic Golf Club and Fresh Meadow Country Club. (The score report is below…)
Note how eerily consistent he was, even after not playing for an entire year from 1999 to 2000.
The CNBC reporter Darren Rovell notes that Mr. Madoff’s handicap was a 12 — which is about the same return Mr. Madoff guaranteed investors.
Does this mean he cheated in these games? Not necessarily; perhaps he just didn’t report his less impressive scores to the association. Which also might not be entirely out of character, I suppose.
It’s official: Unca Sam is moving me to Arizona. In fact, the packers are here with the sound of cardboard being unfolded and pulling tape rending the air. Hopefully this will be the last move for, oh, say a decade or so.
On the bright side, I made some golf memorabilia acquisitions. Went to a fundraiser/anniversary dinner for the United Food Bank in Mesa. Among the auction items were pin-flags; a 2006 U.S. Open and one from the 2007 FBR Classic. Both flags signed by the winners. The golf trips and the donated rounds went quick (I lost the bids) but the flags are mine.
I’m thinking of donating the US Open flag to the Wadi-Near-Hell G.C. clubhouse or holding on to it until I can get Phil Mickelson to sign it. But that might be bad taste.