Hesperia golfers: The city wants what's under your feet.

The city of Hesperia is seeking the 211-acre Hesperia Golf and Country Club's 678-acre feet worth of water rights, but they're willing to buy the golf course to get them, for a total of $4.2 million. The water rights alone are worth $2.64 million, according to the city.

"We are looking to open escrow, 45-day escrow, in the next couple of days," City Manager Mike Podegracz said Wednesday. "They approached us a while ago, and the main reason the city council looked at this was because of the water rights. ... We felt it was best to keep [the rights] in the community."

The city currently has a 9,375 acre-feet deficit of water rights based on current demand, and has to purchase aqueduct water from the Mojave Water Agency to make up the difference.

To avoid the problems the town of Apple Valley is having securing the water rights it thought came with the Apple Valley Country Club, which it bought in the fall of 2008, Hesperia verified the Hesperia Country Club has clear title to the rights before proceeding with the purchase.

Assuming no surprises during the escrow period, the city will take possession of the 18-hole golf course in December. What that will mean for golfers, and the future of the 52-year-old golf course itself, remains to be seen.

"We are going to look at all options," said Podegracz. "There is no pre-conceived notion on anyone's part as to what will become of the golf course."

The city council has told Podegracz that they want the golf course -- whatever happens to it -- to remain something High Desert residents can continue to enjoy.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.