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Ken McDonald Clubhouse Renovations

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Project On Hold

The city is in the early stages of issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that will solicit ideas for a public/private partnership to renovate the clubhouse. A public meeting was held on Sept. 29, 2016 and online comments were collected to hear what changes or enhancements golfers and residents would like to see at the clubhouse at Tempe’s Ken McDonald Golf Course. Feedback was collected on the restaurant, parking, the Pro Shop and on what type of event venue or community space it could be used for.

The city is seeking public input to help formulate the RFQ in a way that best represents local stakeholders including customers and neighboring residents.

Click here to view the presentation from the public meeting on Sept. 29, 2016.

Comments from the public meeting and online comment form


In January 2016, City Council directed staff to move forward with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit public/private opportunities to renovate the Ken McDonald clubhouse with zero to minimal fiscal impact to the city. Staff is in the early stages of developing the RFQ.

The Ken McDonald clubhouse was constructed in 1973. The pro shop and restaurant are approximately 5500 sq. feet, including a cart storage room in the subterranean level. While the building shell is still sound and several modest improvements have been made in recent years, the majority of the facility systems are past their useful life. An estimated $325,000 to $500,000 worth of system deficiencies currently exist and will need ongoing investment in the future. 

The goal of the RFQ is to address those deficiencies while expanding the vision of the clubhouse to include a full service kitchen and programmable space. Other enhancements could include weddings and business gatherings that are not currently compatible by co-locating golf patrons and events in the same space. More specifically, staff will seek input on clubhouse necessities such as: parking improvements, restaurant enhancements, the pro shop, restrooms and cart storage.

Video of City Council discussion at January 7, 2016 Work Study Session

Flyer for the Sept. 29, 2016 Ken McDonald Clubhouse meeting