Lakeview Golf Club
Lakeview Golf Club, operated and maintained by the City of Meridian, is an 18-hole par 72 golf course golf course with 6,521 yards of playing area. It is equipped with a full-service clubhouse, bar and grill, pro shop, golf cart rentals, driving range, and practice area. It offers men’s and women’s golf associations, junior golf programs, golf lessons and packages, and can host tournaments and special events.
Learn more by visiting the Lakeview Golf Club website at: https://www.lakeview-golf.com/
It is located at 4200 W. Talamore Boulevard in northwest Meridian, off N. Black Cat Road between W. Cherry Lane and W. Ustick Road.
Lakeview Golf Course Master Plan
On September 14, 2021, a representative from the National Golf Foundation presented a report to the Meridian City Council regarding the new Master Plan for Lakeview Golf Club. This report evaluates the current conditions of Lakeview Golf Club and provides a path forward to address the course’s maintenance needs and recommendations for operating the course in the future. The information and analysis prepared by these golf industry experts is providing the City of Meridian with options which will help achieve its goals of providing self-sustaining, high quality, and affordable recreation for Meridian residents and visitors.
You can watch the National Golf Foundation’s September 14, 2021, presentation to Meridian City Council here.
You can access the full Lakeview Golf Club Master Plan here: Golf Club Master Plan.pdf
City of Meridian Takes Over Operations of Lakeview Golf Club and Hosts a Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Club's Bright Future
Meridian - On November 9, 2020, Lakeview Golf Club officially came under new ownership and will now be operated and maintained by the City of Meridian. Under the new organizational structure, the Western Ada Recreation District (WARD) entered into a purchase and sale agreement to buy out Lakeview Meridian Investors. As part of the agreement, WARD will have the daily management and maintenance operate through the City of Meridian’s Parks and Recreation Department....
The land Lakeview Golf Club sits on has been owned by the City of Meridian since 1978, with daily business operations and upkeep managed by a series of local tenants over the years. For the past 15 years, Lakeview Golf Club has been operated and managed by Lakeview Meridian Investors. As this company transitioned out of the business, it made sense that Meridian’s two recreation agencies -- Western Ada Recreation District and Meridian Parks and Recreation -- partner on this new endeavor. The partnership allows the public course and the remainder of the club’s assets to be brought into public ownership.
During the next six to nine months, the City of Meridian will work to evaluate the current condition of Lakeview Golf Club and begin to develop a Master Plan for the course. They will be assisted in this effort by experts from the National Golf Foundation, and this planning effort will involve the public, residents and golf members. Along with the new Master Plan, a review of the irrigation system will also occur in the coming months.
"Lakeview is an integral part of our community, adding social, financial and environmental benefits that contribute to our outstanding quality of life," Meridian Mayor Robert Simison explained. "The course is a valuable addition to our robust list of recreational opportunities available to Meridian residents. I appreciate WARD’s Board of Directors, especially Chairman Shaun Wardle, for their great efforts in making this transition possible."
Should City Council approve, Kemper Sports, a third-party golf course management company, will facilitate full management of the golf club and its operations for a six-month period. Kemper Sports specializes in golf course management and will provide Lakeview Golf Club with a comprehensive range of management services and consulting expertise that will help assure the property operates at its highest potential during the transition and beyond.
"Whether you’re a long-standing resident, a newcomer, or simply passing through the Treasure Valley, Lakeview Golf Club offers a fun, memorable experience," said Kemper Sports COO Jim Stegall. "We look forward to building on this already amazing foundation and bringing our knowledge of golf to the state of Idaho for the first time."
All parties involved in the transition are committed to ensuring a smooth transition that should not result in any significant disruption of services for golf course users, staff, neighbors or others. The City will host a Town Hall on Wednesday, November 18th at 12:00pm to discuss next steps in the transition process. City leaders, Parks and Recreation staff and representatives from Kemper Sports will be available to answer questions from the public. To learn more or join the meeting, residents should visit meridiancity.org/lakeview. For those unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be available online following the event.
"We are committed to involving the community as we navigate this exciting new endeavor," said Simison. "Together we can ensure Lakeview is properly maintained and operated, making the sport of golf more accessible for Meridian residents to enjoy for years to come. I invite residents to join us on Wednesday as we discuss plans for the future of Lakeview Golf Club."
"This Golf Course has been a community treasure for more than 40 years and we’re excited to expand on the goodwill and great golf experience it provides our citizens," said City of Meridian Parks Superintendent Mike Barton. "With the help of our city leaders, dedicated employees and the consultants who will assist us along the way, we’re confident that the course has a bright future."
The City will also contract with a third-party golf course management company, KemperSports, to facilitate full management of the golf club and its operations for a six-month period or possibly longer. KemperSports specializes in golf course management and will provide Lakeview Golf Club with a comprehensive range of management services and consulting expertise that will help assure the property operates at its highest potential during the transition and beyond. The cost of these services will be offset by golf club revenue.