Golfers can look forward to three newly aligned holes at the Boomerang South 9 next year, the first phase of irrigation improvements at the golf course in a unique land swap with Greeley-Evans School District 6 that will make way for a new school.

The Greeley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the agreement with the school district to swap 25-acre tracts of land at the Boomerang Golf Course at 71st Avenue and 10th Street. The District 6 School Board approved the agreement in December.

The swap will allow city contractors to build three and a half new fairways and greens at the golf course while allowing the Greeley-Evans School District 6 to develop their site and build a pre-K through 8th grade school to accommodate 900 students. The deal is mutually beneficial in that the district will have improved access and the ability to build the Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering along 71st Avenue. The city can make water efficiency improvements and rebuild its non-potable storage pump station on the western portion of the golf course. Those ponds leak approximately 250 acre-feet of water per year. Relocating the pond will allow for proper lining and stop the leakage.

The larger plan includes extending the city’s non-potable irrigation throughout Greeley, a decade-long project that will allow raw water irrigation on parks, universities, and large business sites.

The golf course will remain open for play pending the city’s completion of the new fairways and greens in 2022. When the new golf links and non-potable facilities are operational, city crews will decommission the existing infrastructure. New golf fairways will have lined water features, be equal or better in play than the current course configuration, more water wise, and safer for all.

Release Date:
January 8, 2021