“Logan River Golf Course is a gem,” according to golfer Todd Christiansen.
A sentiment expressed by a number of people who attended a public input meeting Tuesday night at the Logan City Hall Council Chambers.
The city, which has been operating and subsidizing the course to the tune of $150,000 annually, is discussing options to privatize course management.
City leaders presented a total of six proposals to the group. Three options included proposals from professional management companies, two were lease options and the sixth proposal leaves course operations remaining in the hands of the city.
“The devil is in the details,” according to City Finance Director Rich Anderson. “Any proposal that is selected would require extensive vetting and contractual negotiations as we iron out the details.”
The only proposal acceptable to those attending the standing-room-only meeting didn’t involve management companies or leases, rather keeping the golf course operating as it is.
“I wouldn’t turn it over to any private organization,” said Thomas Cherrington. “If I was a business owner in this community, I would be scared to death with what you’re about to do. You have no idea what’s going to happen.”
“Certainly anything new and different has risk going forward,” said Mayor Holly Daines.
Those who attended the public meeting clearly did not want the city to take that risk, instead they offered advise.
“The golf course doesn’t necessarily have a problem with how it’s run,” said Rick Mayor, “what we have is an issue of marketing. If you market it right, you’re going to bring people in here and that’s not being done right now.”
Melissa Dowley said, “Privatizing is not the way to go. You have pros at the golf course for a reason. They know what they are doing.” She continued, “There has to be more marketing.”
City leaders will continue to review the proposals as well as take into account feedback from the community. A decision whether to make changes to the golf course management could come in the next few weeks.