Jack Tone Golf is a family owned and operated executive 18-hole golf course and practice facility that’s been around since 1997.
The City of Ripon has a longstanding connection with Jack Tone. Included is policy that goes back to January 2008 calling for allocation of revenue from Tone Golf LP to a Capital Improvement Account.
Some improvements to the golf course are on the horizon following last Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting.
“We’ve met several times with Jack Tone to look at what’s needed,” said Recreation Director Kye Stevens.
He along with City Administrator Kevin Werner and City Engineer Ken Zuidervaart are part of the Golf Course Capital Improvement Committee that also consists of several appointed members.
Jack Tone, meanwhile, is in need of a new irrigation system coupled and restoration work to the bunkers. Total cost is estimated at about $61,000. Of that, 50 percent would come from matching funds.
Elected leaders approved expenditures from the golf course capital account for improvements not to exceed $30,670.
“The committee believes those needs would improve the course,” Steves said, indicating there’s money in the account to cover that share.
Added Councilman Mark Winchell, no pun intended: “A new irrigation system would help bring the golf course up to par.”
That irrigation system, according to the staff report, would have a controller to reduce water usage and improve the efficiency of the watering process.
Sand for the bunkers would once again make this an acceptable golf hazard.
Building a structure to store sand and to prevent the loss and contamination of materials would help the cleanliness and overall appearance of the facility.