City Council: Rockwood course tees up for new clubhouse

Rockwood Golf Course has been a part of the City of Fort Worth for a long time. City officials are making sure it stays around a lot longer.

At the Feb. 5 city council meeting, the council approved a design-build contract with R.J. Miller Construction, Inc. The total cost of the project is $7.7 million.

The original Rockwood Park Golf Course was opened in 1938. In November of 2015, the course underwent a $5 million reconstruction to include new greens, tees, fairways, bunkering system, drainage, and cart paths. These improvements were well received and play has increased at the historic course.

This new project, for which funds were included in the city’s 2018 bond program, calls for the demolition of the existing clubhouse, along with the designing and building of a replacement. City officials determined the design-build method is the most expedient means of project completion.

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District 2 Councilman Carlos Flores said this includes design and build of a golf cart shed, which will be integrated with the clubhouse. That is, the golf cart shed will be located below the clubhouse.

“The design-and-build approach results in fewer design change orders, saving money on the tail end,” Flores said. “Responsibilities are clearly defined. Staff oversight is maintained throughout process between the contractor and design build team.”

Available resources within the city’s general fund will be used to provide interim financing until debt is issued. Once debt associated with the project is sold, bond proceeds will reimburse the general fund.

The design portion of this project is estimated to begin in the first quarter this year, with completion of construction expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.