The Oro Valley Town Council was divided last Wednesday over who should pay to rebuild part of the fourth hole at the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club.

Council members Paula Abbott, Bill Garner and Salette Latas opposed using $420,000 in Highway User Revenue Funds to alter the hole.

The money will come from the Pima Association of Government’s HURF allotment.

Mayor Paul Loomis joined council members K.C. Carter, Barry Gillaspie and Al Kunisch in support of the project.

While planning for the road project, town officials realized errant golf balls hit from the fourth tee could cause a hazard to drivers.

If an errant golf ball did cause an accident, Town Attorney Tobin Rosen advised, the town could bear some liability.

Some members of the public also took issue with the agreement.

“This is a highly questionable arrangement for sharing costs for a private organization’s mistakes,” Bill Adler told council members.

Adler said he’d seen golf balls on the road for years, and that the course’s design was to blame.

Work on the course will wrap up in September.

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