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Submitted by on 1, September 2, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Alameda’s duffers have something to celebrate today: The nine-hole Mif Albright course out at Chuck Corica has dodged the closure bullet again.

The city had planned to close the course in July, then reset the date to today, to capture what they expected would be an increase in traffic over the summer. But closure has been put off indefinitely, Golf Commission chair Jane Sullwold said, because it’s not clear that closing the course would really save the struggling complex money.

Sullwold is hopeful that newly minted fee increases at the golf complex and increased play from golfers who don’t want to see the Mif close will be enough to keep it going – even as it turns a lovely shade of brown due to water restrictions. But she’s not making any promises.

“There’s always a potential (it could close),” she told us. “Everything is subject to trial and error at this point.”

Speaking of golf, Sullwold says the city got seven proposals from folks interested in managing the golf course. And she says most of them involve hiring new staff. It’s probably fair to say that the current staff might not be pleased at the prospect of losing their jobs. They’ll be looking over the proposals this Thursday. Stay tuned.

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