Butler County Times Gazette
  • Plans move ahead on relocation of Prairie Trails driving range

  • Work started Wednesday to relocate the driving range at Prairie Trails Golf Course.
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  • Work started Wednesday to relocate the driving range at Prairie Trails Golf Course.
    “What we’re wanting to do is build a new driving range between the fairways of 5 and 2,” said Jason Hughey, general manager of Prairie Trails, during Monday’s City Commission meeting.
    There is an existing path from the parking lot to the proposed location of the driving range.
    They did make one change from the previous proposal and that was to turn the driving range the opposite direction, which provided better access and would allow golfers to hit into the south winds. This change would also mean less work to prepare the site, although they will still have to take some of the dirt off of the top of the hill and use that to build the base of the tee box on the north side.
    “It’s not near as extensive as it would have been on the south side,” Hughey said.
    The new driving range would be bigger and better than the current one.
    “Right now you are limited to a 200-yard club,” Hughey said.
    One concern of the commission before was that land is designated for potential house development and they wanted to know how much of the cost would be lost if that happened.
    Hughey said a little over $3,000 of work would be lost, with the rest things they could tear out and use somewhere else on the course.
    The total cost for the project will be $6,029 and will be done by city staff, primarily Prairie Trails staff.
    Commissioner Bill Young asked if this was something that would fit in their budget, to which he was told it would.
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