Construction Notice – Rock Drilling & Blasting Work

Idaho Falls, ID – On July 1, 2015, HK Contractors will be performing rock drilling and blasting work for future Snake River Landing Developments at the intersection of Lochsa Drive and Snake River Parkway.

The blasting is scheduled to occur between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be three warning horn blasts at the five minute mark and one warning horn blast at the one minute mark prior to blasting.

The blasting at the above location is anticipated to be completed in fifteen minutes. Blasting start times and duration may be adjusted to accommodate unforeseen safety concerns. Any corresponding updates will be provided as needed.

Sections of Snake River Parkway, Lochsa River Drive and White Sandcreek Way will be closed for a period of twenty minutes during this activity.

Please watch for equipment and workers, and follow all traffic signs and flaggers.

For questions, call 523-6600.  For information on all city of Idaho Falls construction projects, see website.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Reserving or “Staking-Off” Areas for Fourth of July Events

Idaho Falls, ID – Our community nearly doubles in size as we celebrate the Fourth of July with food, fun, music, games and the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi. In order to make the day enjoyable for all, we would like to encourage the community to celebrate in a courteous and neighborly manner.

There are many wonderful viewing areas available for both the parade and the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. However, it is important that guidelines be followed to ensure the safety of our community as well as the preservation of our parks and facilities.

  • Reserving, marking or “staking-off” public areas for the purpose of obtaining a viewing location for the parade or fireworks may not occur prior to 6 a.m. on Sat., July 4th.
  • ANY items placed prior to 6 a.m. on July 4th will be removed and placed in lost and found with the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • DO NOT use materials to reserve public areas that may block or interfere with pedestrian access or vehicular traffic or block those portions of sidewalks used for pedestrian access prior to 6 a.m. on July 4th.
  • To prevent damage to public areas, particularly city parks, it is important that items such as – but not limited to – blankets, tarps, and pop-up tents NOT be placed on the lawn prior to 6 a.m. on July 4th.
  • DO NOT drive stakes into public property as they may damage sprinkler heads, pipes or other infrastructure.
  • DO NOT mark off sidewalks, grass and roadways with defacing material such as any type of paint or adhesive material such as duct tape.
  • Items placed on public property to designate a reservation are left at the owner’s risk and do not create a guarantee that the reserved area will remain available to the person or persons who reserved the area.
  • All items used to designate reserved areas MUST be removed by midnight on Sat., July 4th.

Have a very happy and safe holiday! For additional Fourth of July-related information, see the home page of the city’s website or follow the City of Idaho Falls on Facebook.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

CHC Foundation Awards Grant to Idaho Falls Zoo for New Educational Signage

Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is pleased to be the recipient of a matching grant from the CHC Foundation for more than $14K to develop and produce new animal identification and conservation signage throughout the zoo.

In addition to the new zoo signage, the city is also preparing for the implementation of a new signage and way-finding program. The purpose of the program is to guide travelers from the interstate, major and minor arterials and current and future trails to city-wide facilities, parks, schools and other amenities like the Idaho Falls Zoo. The new zoo signage will debut in 2016.

“We are so thankful to the CHC Foundation for helping the zoo support two key missions at our institution – education and conservation,” says Interim Zoo Superintendent, Linda Beard. “We are beginning a new era at the zoo which includes rebranding, updating the information on our signage and enhancing our educational message about the importance of species and resource conservation,” adds Beard.

As science is an ever-evolving process, so too is the knowledge about animal species. The new signs will reflect most recent accepted scientific data and current conservation status. It has been well over a decade or, in many cases, longer since the animal identification signs have been updated.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

City Leaders Discuss Option to Reconfigure Hitt Road & 25th Street (Target) Intersection

Idaho Falls, ID –The option to reconfigure traffic signal design at the Hitt Road and 25th Street Intersection, located just south of the Target shopping center, was approved at today’s Idaho Falls City Council work session.

“It’s always been problematic when we’ve evaluated placing a traffic signal at the main entrance into the Target parking lot,” explains Idaho Falls Public Works Director, Chris Fredericksen. “When you have traffic signals spaced too close together, they don’t function property, so we’ve always been reluctant to place a signal there.”

The proposed solution is to have a west-bound, exit-only lane at the 25th Street and Hitt Road intersection. The reconfiguration would allow traffic to go straight, turn right and turn left out of the Target shopping center, as well as other stores located in the Ammon Town Center.

In April 2014, Ammon and Idaho Falls Mayors and City Council members met to discuss options for three intersections along Hitt Road – 17th Street, 25th Street and Sunnyside Road. Council subcommittees were then formed to address each of the intersections.

The Hitt Road and 25th Street council subcommittee included Ammon’s Byron Wiscombe and Brad Christensen, and Idaho Falls’ Barbara Ehardt and Dee Whittier. Councilman Whittier passed away earlier this year. In addition, the two council presidents, Idaho Falls’ Mike Lehto and Ammon’s Brian Powell have coordinated and been in communication with the subcommittees throughout the evaluation process.

“Our cities made great progress with the Hitt Road widening and the Hitt/Sunnyside intersection expansion. This project is yet another joint effort to improve both safety and address traffic flow on Hitt Road,” says Idaho Falls Mayor, Rebecca Casper. “There is great willingness between the two cities to make the improvements happen in advance of the busy shopping season,” adds Casper.

“The Target intersection has been a frustration for many years. I give an immense amount of credit to Councilmembers Christensen, Wiscombe, Ehardt and Whittier for working tirelessly to negotiate a solution that all parties could agree on. The public has waited long enough for better, safer movement in and out of Ammon Town Center,” states Ammon Mayor, Dana Kirkham.

The estimated cost is anticipated to be under $200K. Using the same format adopted for the Hitt Road and Sunnyside joint venture, the two cities will sign a Joint Powers Agreement stipulating that the city of Idaho Falls would pay 50% of the cost for the intersection and approach improvements within the public right-of-way, while the city of Ammon would pay the other 50%. Ammon would also be responsible to design and build the private access road through Target’s property.

For a list of city of Idaho Falls construction projects see website.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Construction Notice – Overlays, Manholes & Water Valves

Idaho Falls, ID – HK Contractors will be working at several locations throughout the city beginning Monday, June 22, 2015.

Construction activities will include placing asphalt overlays and adjusting manholes & water valves.

Please watch for equipment and construction crews, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

The anticipated project duration is 45 days.

We appreciate the community’s patience during this construction period.  For questions, call HK Contractors at (208) 523-6600. For information on all city of Idaho Falls construction projects see website.

Construction Locations:

  • Caribou Street:  Melrose Drive to end
  • Falls Drive: Sykes Drive to Sykes Drive
  • Glacier Street: Falls Drive to Valley Drive
  • Melrose Drive:  Kearney Street to Cascade Drive
  • Valley Drive: Glacier Street to Davidson Drive
  • Virlow Street: Hitt Road to Eastview Drive
  • Caribou Street:  Woodruff Avenue to end
  • Henry Street: Masters Drive to Ruth Avenue
  • Joan Avenue: Caribou Street to Ruth Avenue
  • Leona Circle: Henry Street to end
  • Mark Avenue: Kearney Street to Henry Street
  • Masters Drive: Carol Avenue to Henry Street
  • Masters Drive: Henry Street to Kearney Street
  • Ruth Avenue: Caribou Street to Kearney Street
  • Ruth Avenue: Caribou Street to Masters Drive
  • Koster Avenue: 9th Street to 12th Street
  • 3rd Street: Emerson Avenue to S. Boulevard
  • Emerson Avenue: 3rd Street to 4th Street
  • Higbee Avenue: 9th St to 10th St
  • 19th Street: S. Boulevard to west end @ canal
  • 25th Street: Higbee Avenue to east end @ canal
  • 25th Street: Emerson Avenue to Higbee Avenue
  • 21st Street: Rose Hill Drive to S. Boulevard
  • Calkins Avenue: W 21st to N Park Drive
  • Lloyd Circle: Calkins Avenue to Calkins Avenue

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

City of Idaho Falls Recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community

Idaho Falls, ID – The city of Idaho Falls is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the first time.

In partnership with the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! is honoring 241 cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.

The Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for a myriad of city facilities and programs including three championship golf courses, the Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, Idaho Falls Recreation Center, Activity Center and numerous programs and athletic leagues.

“We focus on creating a sense of community and improving the quality of life for our residents by offering a wide variety of programming,” states Parks & Recreation Director, Greg A. Weitzel.

New programs offered include Movies in the Park, Dive in Movies, Big Hole Golf, Family Golf Day, Laser Light Skate Night, fishing clinics, pickle ball leagues, walking club, summer soccer programs, a skateboard clinic and competition, yoga classes and a Pilates class – bringing the list of programs and special events to well over 200 annually. Several traditional recreational programs are also offered throughout the year.

More than 400 acres and 7.5 miles of dirt bike and ATV trails at Idaho Falls Raceway will open soon. The trails will be free to the public and will offer a great alternative for beginners and intermediate riders to practice their skills without leaving the area.

“As a city, we are honored to be among those selected as a Playful City USA,” states Mayor Casper. “We remain ever-committed to serving the needs of residents and visitors alike by offering recreational activities and open spaces to facilitate active lifestyles,” adds Casper.

“This designation is a testament to what is important to our community,” states Weitzel. “We recognize that play results in significant health benefits for both children and adults, and with great community partnerships, Idaho Falls will continue to make strides to becoming a fitter city,” adds Weitzel.

Hopscotch sidewalks, structured recess programs, mandated neighborhood play spaces, city-wide play days and mobile recreation vehicles are all ways in which these communities are appealing to residents, and attracting and retaining residents.

“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo: Idaho Falls Mayors Rebecca Casper & Jared Fuhriman.  Courtesy of Dayne Dingman, Artcore Visual Studios.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom

Parks & Recreation Receives Achievement Award for River Gardens at Taylor Crossing

Idaho Falls, ID – The city of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department received the 2015 City Achievement award in recognition of the revitalization work done at the River Gardens at Taylor Crossing.

The award was presented to Mayor Casper and City Council members during last week’s Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) Annual Conference in Boise, ID. This award is the second award the city has received for the River Gardens – the first of which was the Outstanding Facilities & Parks award from the Idaho Recreation & Park Association in 2014.

The public and media are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of phase II of the project on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.  The River Gardens are located just north of the Pancheri Bridge, on the west side of the riverbank.

The River Gardens at Taylor Crossing project converted underutilized river bank that was a dumping ground for construction companies into an accessible green space that allows for future program expansion and river use by community members of all ages and abilities.

This community treasure has been funded completely by reimbursements to the Idaho Falls Division of Parks and Recreation from the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency Urban Renewal Investment Fund and other donations. For phase II, the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency committed $390K, and the Idaho Falls Rotary Club donated an additional $60K.

Nate Durtschi of Rock Solid Landscape designed the landscape concept for the River Gardens.  Phase II design consisted of 850 linear feet of riverbank stabilization and landscape improvements including planting of perennials, trees and sod grasses; placement of boulder retaining walls; establishing ADA access to the river; and creating a natural beach complete with sitting rocks for fishing.

Lava rock for the project was recycled from excavation work done at the Gem State Hydroelectric Power Plant and donated by Idaho Falls Power, adding an additional uniqueness to this project by using natural resources that otherwise would have been deemed waste material.

Agencies Involved:

Greg A. Weitzel, Parks & Recreation Director, states, “The greenbelt is an important asset to our community that provides a beautiful and wholesome recreational environment for both our residents and guests. The partnerships that were made and necessary for the development of the River Gardens demonstrates what can happen when resources come together to make a difference in the community and is another reason this was such an outstanding project.”

Photo courtesy of Brandon Proctor

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

City of Idaho Falls Invests in New Financial Management & Billing Software

Idaho Falls, ID – The city of Idaho Falls recently purchased a financial management and billing software that will give citizens more billing and payment options and access to more graphical representation of the city’s budget while improving efficiency for the city as a whole.

Over the past 2 years, city leaders have set aside funding and researched potential vendors to provide upgrades in the customer information, utility billing and financial management software.

The city is pleased to announce that Cayenta, a division of N. Harris Computer Corporation, has been chosen for its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions software.

Additional funds will be set aside over the next two years to cover the $3 million project which includes software licensing, implementation services, travel expenses for Cayenta representatives, servers, network equipment and other material.

Project Manager & City Controller, Thane Sparks says, “We are excited about implementing this new, robust system that will replace our 35-year-old-plus, outdated system with an integrated solution.”

The system will provide financial management and reporting, personnel management, work management and utility billing, increased functionality and extensive GIS (Geographic Information System) integration. Other system components such as community communication upgrades can be added in the future.

The project will be completed in two 15-month phases. The first phase will update the customer information system (utility billing) and integrate the existing GIS data; while the second phase will update the financial management system, payroll, work, asset and mobile management.

“When the software conversion is completed, it will allow city personnel to do their jobs more efficiently and provide better, more expedited service to the citizens of Idaho Falls,” states Sparks. “For example, service personnel will be equipped with mobile devices so they will no longer find it necessary to come into the office to pick up work orders. Real-time work orders will be sent directly to their devices, allowing them more time to be out in the field working,” explains Sparks.

“We have worked hard to develop a comprehensive project plan that will ensure a successful and efficient implementation for the city and its customers,” remarked Brad Atchison, executive vice president, Cayenta Business Division. “We were very excited to kick off the Cayenta ERP project with the city last month,” adds Atchison.

The city currently services an area of 22 square miles with an estimated population of more than 58K and over 26K utility accounts; and employs between 625 to 1,100 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, depending on the time of year.

Media Note: For more information about Cayenta and the Cayenta Solutions, contact Barry Dunphy, vice president of Business Development at (604) 570-4300 ext. 416 or see website.  For information about the city of Idaho Falls or to schedule an interview with city employees, contact Kerry McCullough, Public Information Officer at (208) 612-8122.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Construction Notice – Idaho Canal on John Adams Parkway

Idaho Falls, ID – Cannon Construction will begin working on the bridge on John Adams Parkway, over the Idaho Canal on Mon., June 15.

Construction crews will provide a seal over the bridge deck and sidewalk to help prolong the life of the bridge.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day while crews are working but will open back up in the evening.  The work is anticipated to be completed on Tue., June 16.

Motorists are advised to use caution, observe all traffic control signs and use alternate routes when possible.

For information on all city of Idaho Falls construction projects see website.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Family Golf Day Just Got BIGGER!

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation introduces fun, new program!

Idaho Falls, ID – Holes practically quadruple in size for Parks & Recreation’s new Big Hole Golf program.  The new program is not only a fun alternative for adults but a great, no-pressure way to introduce children or beginners to the game of golf.

The program launches this weekend, Sat., June 13 at 4 p.m. at Pinecrest Golf Course and will rotate throughout the summer between the three city golf courses – Pinecrest, Sand Creek and Sage Lakes – every Saturday after 4 p.m. during Family Golf Day.

Players can register to win a $100 golf gift certificate at any of the three courses. The winner will be drawn June 13 during the Big Hole Golf kickoff event, and participants do not need to be present to win.

“We are so excited to launch this new program. We are planning a Big Hole Golf tournament at the end of the summer and are looking into offering tournaments for other groups in the community,” states Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Director, Greg A. Weitzel.

Golf Operations Manager & PGA Head Professional, Tim Reinke states, “The golf pros from all three golf courses will be available to give tips and lessons on putting & chipping. Even if players only have 10 minutes, come on over to Pinecrest and try your luck at the 8 inch big hole and get some help from the pros.”

Big Hole Golf details:

  • No age limit.
  • 9-holes.
  • $9.99 for adults and $6.99 for kids 12 and under.
  • Free rental clubs and lessons available.
  • Concessions available.
  • Putt for prizes including range balls, rounds of golf, round of golf on the short course, golf bags, hats, golf balls and sunglasses.
  • All patrons, both golfers and non-golfers, must wear shirts, shoes (no metal spikes), and appropriate attire while on the golf course property.
  • Back 9-holes available after 6 p.m. for players who do not wish to play the bigger holes.

To schedule a tee time, see the Family Golf Day schedule and call the hosting golf course:

  • Pinecrest (208) 612-8485
  • Sand Creek (208) 612-8115
  • Sage Lakes (208) 612-8535

Big Hole Golf is sponsored by Wackerli Subaru and Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation. For more information or to view videos of the program, see website.

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Welcome to Idaho Falls Golf!  The city of Idaho Falls owns and operates three championship golf courses and a 6-Hole Short Course. In addition to the golf courses, both Sand Creek and Sage Lakes operate all-grass driving ranges along with two large practice putting greens. Pinecrest has two practice putting greens and has a short game practice area. All three courses have fully stocked golf pro shops that carry all major brands of equipment and apparel and maintain a staff of Certified PGA Instructors to provide both private and group lessons.

The courses host a myriad of tournaments each year including PGA Professional events, State Amateurs, Local Amateur events and a large collection of golf leagues. They also are home to the Idaho Falls Men’s, Women’s, Senior’s, and Junior Golf Associations which have a combined membership of over 1500 members. They host almost 60 company and corporate outings for those who are interested in having a golf event part of their business promotion. The courses also have full-service cafes that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally, each course has a full fleet of golf cart rentals and golf club rentals to meet the needs of a large event outing or for daily play.