Tod Leonard files a San Diego Union Tribune story on the status of Phil Mickelson's proposed renovation of Torrey Pines North, which has doubled in price.
A Municipal Golf Committee meeting is scheduled Wednesday to consider where the project goes from here.
Try not to cringe when you see what the contractors bid for the work...
When the project was first proposed in 2013, the price tag was $7.8 million. By the time the MSG voted its approval in February 2014 the cost was $9.5 million. The golf department subsequently added work for the addition of a South Course water pump station, which tacked on about $2 million.
Then the bidding process began, and the city received two bids from experienced golf course builders that were far over its budget. Landscapes Unlimited, which did the work on the redesigned South Course in 2001 for about $3.5 million, bid $18.9 million; Wadsworth Construction bid $16.9 million.
**Tod Leonard with a commentary on the state of the project:
Does it absolutely need a re-contouring of the fairways as Mickelson has proposed? Absolutely not. Does it need more native areas that bring in the colors of the canyons? That’d be nice, but only if it’s done perfectly. Large compromises will make it look cheap and contrived.
Mickelson declines to speak of the project at this point, though I’m told he is still very much committed to it. However, how much is he willing to compromise on his vision? We don’t know.
We do know that it is incumbent upon the city’s golf managers to take extraordinary care to see that it is done right. It’s not Mickelson’s legacy that is at stake here. It’s the city’s.