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Pitt Nicklau&designed golf course may be in Washington's future by Jeanette Rusk staff writer WASHINGTON CITY Move over Arnold Palmer. The Palmer-designed Palmer-designed Palmer-designed Palmer-designed golf course being built in the Paradise Canyon development in northwest St. George may have to share the glory with a Jack Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus-designed course which an investor says could be in Washington City's future. Bob Barker of Salt Lake City, one of four partners in the Redlands Co. which owns about 230 acres surrounding surrounding the Washington 1-15 1-15 1-15 interchange, interchange, says his group is looking at the feasibility of turning 160 acres north and east of the interchange into a novel kind of Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus-designed golf course. Barker was in Washington Thursday Thursday and spoke at the bi-monthly bi-monthly bi-monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon on plans for the golf course as well as the development of the rest of the property around the interchange. Other entities "It's a project that we hope will come to fruition rather rapidly," Barker said, of the golf course plans. Three other entities besides the Red-lands Red-lands Red-lands Co., plus the city of Washington, Washington, are participating, he said. He claims Nicklaus' company, "Nick-laus "Nick-laus "Nick-laus Golfource," is "very interested" interested" in designing the course, and it's just a question of whether the four investment entities involved "can make it work." "We'd like to see it be a municipal Pasadena, Calif. He lived in Pasadena and Kanab, Utah, before moving to St. George in 1978. He worked as a plumber and pipe fitter and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipe-Fitters Pipe-Fitters Pipe-Fitters Union Local Local 280. As a member of the LDS Church, he held the office of high priest and had served as a home teacher teacher and Sunday School teacher as well as in various capacities. He enjoyed enjoyed coin collecting, gun collecting, reading and keeping up on football. course, ne aaaea. The design that is being considered would be unique, Barker explained. It would be an 18-hole 18-hole 18-hole golf course, plus 18 holes of "Cayman golf," which he described as "short golf, with a special ball." There is only one such course in existence, he said, and it is one built by Nicklaus on the Cayman Islands. The idea of the Washington course would be to "intermix regular golf with fast evening or luncheon games," Barker said. The golf course location would be in the vicinity of Green Spring, which flows into Mill Creek, north and east of the freeway interchange. Plan changed The Redlands Co. bought most of the property it owns around the interchange interchange back in 1964, Barker explained. explained. He said the group's original master plan to develop mainly traveler traveler services in the area has been drastically changed as the partners have watched Washington "mature and become more viable as a city." But he claims the investors have been "fiddling with the golf course idea for 15 of the 20 years." "Our dreams are going to come true far beyond our original concepts," concepts," Barker said of the overall development development of the Redlands property. Skirting specific revelations on other plans, he talked about "whether the area is mature enough for a 'regional center,' " but said he could not at this time be more specific on plans for developing the rest of the property. property. "I can't talk about the other plans," he said. "It would be premature." premature." He said the Redlands Co. is getting together with several of the neighboring neighboring landowners to do some joint community planning and possibly even some joint projects. Barker is a partner in a Salt Lake architectural firm, Barker and Clayton. Clayton. His other partners in the Red-lands Red-lands Red-lands Co. are his architecture partner, partner, Nelson Clayton; his brother, Dr. Allan Barker, a cardiologist; and Howard Barlow, from California. Semi-invisible Semi-invisible Semi-invisible "We have been semi-invisible semi-invisible semi-invisible and semi-silent semi-silent semi-silent partners in Washington City for more than 20 years," Barker told the Chamber audience. "We've had great vibes about Washington and Washington County for some Spectrum Friday. October 18, 1985 3 time. I thought it was time to come out from under the clouds and tell you who we are, how we got here, what our interests are, and what we see on the horizon." The Barker group's interest in southern Utah freeway property started more than 20 years ago, Barker Barker explained, when plans were made for the new interstate freeway network and the 1-15 1-15 1-15 connection to I-70 I-70 I-70 at Cove Fort. "It was a major change in the pattern of the traveling public, opening southern Utah to potential potential tourist traffic and stops," he said. The Redlands Co. bought the property property with the idea of developing service service stations, motels and traveler services. The original master plan for the area included seven service stations, Barker said. "We envisioned envisioned it as an overnight watering stop." Desirable area However, Barker said, his group's objectives and concepts have changed over the years as the partners partners "have learned that the area is more desirable to more people than we understood." The company now is looking at "something much more stable, not overnight people here for seasons or living here," Barker said. "The group has made a general commitment to achieve an excellence excellence of our product," he said. "We will preserve the general values of the community." Barker went on to say he is a member of the LDS Church and shares the community's values. The parts of the Redlands property that have been sold to date are parcels parcels for the Sundowner Inn and the two service stations at the interchange. interchange. The Redlands RV Park formed as a sub-corporation sub-corporation sub-corporation of the Redlands Co. was built 10 years ago on 18 acres of the property. Barker said the investment group from the beginning anticipated a "long period of involvement in the property," but not quite as long as it is turning out to be. "We've had the privilege of working with six or seven seven different administrations in Washington," he said. "We've wondered at times whether whether the benefit from the property would accrue to us or to our children now it may be our grandchildren."