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Tamarack’s golf course sits dormant. A deal could finally bring it back to life

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The golf course at Tamarack Resort once saw former president George W. Bush touch down in his helicopter ahead of a stay at the resort during his presidency.

But in recent years, the once lush green course sat fallow – a reminder of Tamarack’s bumpy history.

[2020: Judge rules defunct golf course at Tamarack will stay split between ownership groups, for now]

Now, resort ownership says it has a deal in place to reunite the course under its ownership and plans to get the abandoned Osprey Meadows golf course back in operation.

Last year, BoiseDev reported Tamarack’s ownership sued to regain control of 15 holes of the course it didn’t own. But the suit was not a success, with a judge ruling that Tamarack’s ownership did not have an option to buy the rest of the course from Idaho-Pacific. At the time, both sides indicated they hoped to strike a deal to bring the course back to life.

The deal is struck.

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Reopening soon

Tamarack golf course
The Osprey Meadows course in better (greener) days. Courtesy: Tamarack Resort

Tamarack announced it had a deal to acquire the full course and start work on rehabilitation the now-desert-like site. It hopes to close on the acquisition by the start of ski season.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached agreement for the acquisition of Osprey Meadows,” Tamarack President Scott Turlington said. “With this milestone behind us, we are now eager to turn our attention toward restoration and getting golfers back on our course.”

Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course closed in 2015 and essentially was let go back to its natural state. Now, Tamarack says it will hire Jones’ firm to “lead restoration” of the course.

Rehabilitation work will start this fall. Resort ownership plans to open a driving range next summer, with the full course returning in the summer of 2023.

New homesites will also be added around the course and made available for sale.

The course rehab is the latest in a flurry of upgrades and changes after Imperium Companies and partners purchased most of Tamarack’s assets in 2018. After reinstalling a chair lift, moving forward with an abandoned village core project, and other upgrades, resort officials laid out a plan with additional chair lifts, gondola, new lodge, mountain coaster, and more.

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Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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