"Alta: It Suits You to a Tee."
Okay, so the city isn't in the market for a new motto, but it would work.
This may be the golfingest small community in the state - with a popular municipal course, an 18-hole country club, and the 10-hole executive course, West Links.
When Paul and Donna Koth designed a modest short-play course for Alta, they could only dream of what would come to pass in the decade to follow - the emerging popularity of the course drawing in golfers to the area, the demand for the clubhouse to host numerous events, and the quick success of the adjacent West Links housing development that has already become an upscale new neighborhood in its own right. Next up, the couple is beginning to plan for a condominiums development adjacent to the course.
Just finished is a major addition to the clubhouse. Even before the exterior was completed in recent days, the hall had been rented out for almost 10 wedding receptions.
The expanded area features its own bar and kitchen in addition to the facilities in the original clubhouse, a small polished dancefloor, disability accessible restrooms, a large bank of display windows overlooking the course, and walkout access to the newly-finished raised and highly-landscaped patio. Paul's work has seamlessly matched the new portion of the development to the earlier clubhouse, right down to the carpet. The trellis outdoor roofing will be expanded, and Donna is considering adding a fountain to the grounds.
Down the curved cul-de-sac lane, workers put up another impressive house this week, as most of the other new homes are now occupied. All 21 lots have been spoken for.
"There is quite a bit of development for a community the size of Alta," Donna said. "We are still getting calls with interest in the home lots, so there is certainly interest in the future of Alta."
The home development has attracted a mix of people - some moving into the community, and others moving up, freeing up existing homes for others in the community, she said.
The only thing that isn't surpassing all expectations at the West Links area of town is the weather. "The late start we had for the summer this year has hurt the golfing numbers a bit. It's been a pretty good season since then, but there is a sharp drop-off when September rolls around," Donna said.