City seeks permanent golf course manager
The city has put out a request for proposals for a permanent manager for the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. A new manager for the course could be chosen by mid-December.
The City Council hired Kemper Sports in November 2008 to run the golf complex – the Bay Area’s busiest – for a year while city staff worked out a permanent management solution for the complex, which has seen a dramatic reduction in rounds of golf played in recent years as the complex’s labor costs and the city’s cash demands surged.
The new manager would have the option to run the complex for up to 30 years, and could also seek to buy out the lease for its restaurant, Jim’s at the Course, which runs through 2011. And they would be asked to make major renovations to the complex that could include reconfiguring and even closing courses.
The city is also asking potential suitors for the lease to consider offering special programs for local residents, including seniors and junior golfers.
City officials started looking at its options for managing the complex in 2008, after the economy and the opening of new and revamped courses combined with increased costs and cash demands from the city combined to drive its finances into the red.
A consultant found that the course could use up to $10.8 million worth of work – money the city doesn’t have.
The complex includes two, 18-hole golf courses; a nine-hole course; a driving range; a one-story clubhouse with a pro shop, storage rooms, men’s and women’s restrooms and administrative offices; the Jim’s at the Course restaurant and bar; a golf cart barn, maintenance building and parking lot.
Proposals are due on November 19, and an operator is slated to be selected on December 11. The council is set to approve a lease with the operator they pick in March. Greens fees will also be on the table.
Kemper took over management of the complex on January 1. It earned $115,615 in July and August, about $11,000 more than it had netted during the same time under city management the previous year, city documents show.