San Pasqual set to buy Woods Valley Golf Course
October 08, 2013Big changes may come for the troubled Woods Valley Golf Course as final details of its imminent sale remain unknown.
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians is nearing a deal to purchase the course, according to Michael Contreras, director of the band's economic development agency. When an agreement is reached, the new owners plan on assessing the course's business plan before embarking on improvements to the property or changing the number of staff.
Details of the deal were not available at press time, but Contreras said he expects the deal to close imminently, something he believes will be a benefit to both the tribe and the community.
Woods Valley head golf professional Mike Mulford said the transfer of ownership can only bring good things to the long suffering course that had been held under a lease for the past four months.
"I haven't really talked to them," he said speaking about San Pasqual's economic development agency. "But I hope they will make the needed improvements to the course."
Mulford said new golf carts and a new clubhouse with a restaurant are all a priority.
"The course is in good shape," he said. "There's really nothing else we need."
Contreras said the list of improvements they are considering for the course includes the new carts Mulford desires. Replacing the trailers that currently sit on the property with a permanent clubhouse will not be done for some time, he added.
"We are going to restore it back to where it should be, getting the greens up and turning it back into a profitable golf course," Contreras said. "Environmental-wise we have an environmental person within the tribe that is going to help us maintain that.
Contreras said the tribe frequently uses the golf course for casino operations and there could be opportunities for others to utilize it more frequently as well.
"We just need to bring it back to where it should be," he said. "We need to update it for now and look at what could be built based on what the community would like to see."
According to Contreras, how the course's employees will be affected by the change in ownership has yet to be determined. He said they would have to study the present structure to determine what it currently costs to run the course.
"If it doesn't make sense to keep the employees that are there, then we have to look at that just like any business would do," he said. "We have to look at the overhead and make sure we can sustain what's there today."
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians is also developing some property recently purchased on the corner of North Lake Wohlford and Valley Center roads, adding in a gas station, grocery store and if all goes according to plan a fast food restaurant and possibly a Starbucks.
"We are going to call that San Pasqual Village," Contreras said. "We are working on it now. We've already put in the sewer, put in the pads and we are working on the electrical. We are working with the county to make sure we get everything we need. We just finished the traffic study that the county asked us to complete."
Contreras said they are currently waiting to finalize the blue prints of the shopping center and that the county may consider widening the road leading up to San Pasqual Village.
"That will probably happen in the next two to three years but we're going to finalize our plans now."
According to Contreras, the gas station will be run by the tribe and Albertos has already committed to building on the site.
"We have preliminary commitments from Jack-in-the-Box and McDonalds though we are not sure who will eventually go in," he said. "We are in negotiations with Starbucks for a tribal entity coffee shop."
The new shopping center will offer 13,000 square feet of retail space which will come in the second of the two phases. Overall, the shopping center will be about 68,000 square feet when it is completed.
Correction An earlier version of this article referred to Woods Valley Golf Course as Valley Woods Golf Course.