Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
May 26, 2011--A hotel could be added to the mix at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale.
Developers want to build a four-story, 108-room hotel just northwest of the clubhouse. They will bring the plans to the city's planning commission and council sometime this summer.
City leaders hope the project will bring in more visitors -- and, in turn, business -- to the Washington County suburb. Plus, it could help build up the city's coffers. Oakdale owns the land Oak Marsh is built on and gets a portion of the course's profits.
"It looks like there's some real potential," said City Administrator Craig Waldron. "We really want to explore this."
The golf course opened in 1996 on Inwood Avenue/County Road 13. The city leases the 189 acres to W.P. Golf Operators, which spent $4 million building the 18-hole course. The clubhouse includes a golf shop, restaurant and banquet facilities seating 300 people.
The city gets 2.5 percent of the gross income from the course, or about $35,000 to $40,000 a year, Waldron said. A similar profit-sharing arrangement would be made for the hotel.
Fairway Suites, a developer that specializes in hotels on or near golf course sites, is working with Oak Marsh owners to build an extended-stay hotel on the property.
Representatives from Fairway anticipate the hotel could attract 35,000 to 45,000 clients a year and generate about $625,000 in rounds of golf and food and beverage sales through the restaurant and banquets.
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