State PGA gets more space at Bunker Hills

The Minnesota Professional Golfers Association of America Inc. will be adding to the space it already occupies at Coon Rapids’ Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

The Coon Rapids City Council June 3 approved a lease amendment with the association to provide it with an additional 276 square feet of office space at the clubhouse.

The association has had its headquarters, which also includes the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame, at Bunker Hills since 1990, according to Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills golf pro and manager.

More space is needed by the association because it has hired a director of marketing services and player development, a permanent, full-time position, bringing its staff level at the Coon Rapids facility to six, Anderson said.

The extra space will come from a conference room, which is located downstairs at the clubhouse immediately adjacent to the Minnesota Professional Golfers Association office quarters, he said.

This conference room is never used, with both Bunker Hills Pro Shop staff and the association using an upstairs conference room for meetings, Anderson said.

Under the amended lease, the common area maintenance fee for the association will increase from $4,800 to $6,000 annually, he told the council.

The Minnesota PGA Section office at Bunker Hills oversees not only Minnesota, but also North Dakota and South Dakota, conducting regional qualifying tournaments and section championships as well as sponsoring junior clinics, according to Anderson.

The association office also hosts educational programs, workshops and seminars for the benefit of local PGA members and apprentices, Anderson said.

With the extra space and added staff, the association “will further promote, in a positive manner, Bunker Hills and the city of Coon Rapids,” he wrote in a memo to the council.

In another Bunker Hills Golf Course-related item, the council approved the emergency installation of a cooling system for the Halfway House concession building on the course at a cost of $5,997, including additional electrical work. The cost will be taken from the golf course fund balance since the project was not part of the city’s 2014 budget.

A cooling system was not part of the original design and building of the Halfway House, and a residential air conditioning unit was installed in the concession area, according to Anderson.

But it has not been effective and with hot food preparation during warm summer weather, it is “beyond hot” for employees in the Halfway House, Anderson said.

Staff got quotes from three companies and chose the McDowall Company, the current heating and cooling service company for all city heating and cooling systems. It provided the lowest quote to complete the installation of the new system.

“This will do the job,” Anderson said.