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Got the drive, city looking for proposals to run golf course

Proctor is looking for someone to manage its golf course.

 

The Proctor City Council authorized the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for golf course management services for the municipally owned Course at their December 20, 2021 council meeting.

 

Until 2017, the course was operated by the City of Proctor. The course has since been managed under a management agreement with a private individual.

 

In 2020 there were 12,408 rounds of golf played.  In October 2021 management notified the city they would not be renewing the agreement due to personal reasons.   The course closed early in 2011 posting 11,126 rounds.

 

With management’s notice, the City of Proctor convened the Proctor Golf Advisory Committee asking them to make recommendations to the City Council about future of the course. The golf advisory committee is comprised of several local golf enthusiasts and residents.  “The committee decided the management agreement arrangement worked well for the City of Proctor,” Jess Rich, City Administrator, states. “We’re hoping to find a similar qualified, experienced manager to partner with us.”

 

Founded in 1927, the scenic par 33, – hole, course has been a recreation center for not only Proctor residents but also the surrounding communities. “It’s an important asset to our community,” Mayor Chad Ward states. “We want it to remain under public ownership and are prepared to enter into a generous management agreement.”

 

The request for proposals outlines several management benefits including exclusive use of all course equipment, operation profits and $55,000 in exchange for a three-year contract.  “It’s no secret public golf courses tend to struggle,” Rich states. “which is why we are prepared to offer an agreement to help make it a successful venture for management and Proctors’ citizens.”

 

The RFP can be found at www.proctormn.gov. Proposals are due February 1, 2022.

 

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