Pierce County is negotiating with a California developer to build a clubhouse, hotel, retail center and other facilities at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Details are sketchy, and the developer – Ventur-Hospitality of San Bruno, Calif. – must still find financing for the project.
But if the deal comes together Chambers Bay would get the clubhouse and other facilities by 2014 – a year before tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the U.S. Open.
Among the facilities that would be built:
• A permanent clubhouse for the University Place golf course, which has been using a temporary facility since it opened in 2007.
• A hotel featuring 85 to 124 rooms, including 10 detached guest cottages. The hotel would be built at the bottom of the hill below the current clubhouse.
• A retail center at the top of the hill. A “memorandum of understanding” between Pierce County and the developer indicates the center might include a family-style restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, bike shop and other retail services.
• A beach house along Puget Sound that would promote boating, fishing, dining and other recreation.
• A “cultural center” that might include such facilities as a children’s “discovery center,” an IMAX theater, a conference center or a sound stage for concerts.
Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps said county taxpayers and sewer ratepayers would not pay for the facilities.
Look for more details in Wednesday’s News Tribune.