Golfers accustomed to scouring for balls in the rough at Eagle Bend Golf Course are about to get a new challenge.
Finding a detour.
Beginning Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close the road across the dam at Clinton Lake, cutting off a prime access to the city's 18-hole course, which lies beneath the dam.
Getting to the course -- and the South Outlet Park -- from Clinton Parkway will be impossible, because that's the northern edge of the planned $1 million road project.
To get to the course, golfers will have to go the "back way," said Fred DeVictor, the city's director of parks and recreation: Take Iowa Street south of the South Lawrence Trafficway, then go west on Douglas County Road 458 for about three miles.
From there head north on the road beneath the dam, he said.
"It's sort of the back way, so to speak," DeVictor said. "We want to educate people and let them know."
The municipal course, entering its first full season of play, is situated on federal property leased by the city.
The road project -- which will close Douglas County Road 13 across the dam between Clinton Parkway and the southern leg of Douglas County Road 458 -- is expected to last until Aug. 31, corps officials said. Handling the work is All-Pro Construction, a Kansas City-area contractor.
Since its construction in 1977, the dam road has received only minor chip-and-seal maintenance.
"This major road repair and resurfacing project is needed in order to ensure a reliable, trouble-free road in the future," corps officials said.
Anyone with questions may contact the corps office at 843-7665.
-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is email@example.com.