Monday, September 19, 2005

Golf and the Parkway

There was probably a time several years ago when the idea of county run golf courses actually made sense, but with the tremendous surge in popularity and innumerable new courses, to the point many say the market is now oversaturated, that time has probably passed.

We agree with the idea to contract them out, and place those extra workers thereby freed up into the Parkway, whose time we can’t afford to see pass.

Read this story in today’s Bee for further information:

County golf links in the rough
With courses spending more money than they're bringing in, officials are considering contracting out some work.
By Phillip Reese -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 am PDT Monday, September 19, 2005

Another bad year or two, and the county's golf course budget will be deep in the hole.
Attendance is down. Fees aren't covering costs. Debt payments are due.

"If the numbers are dependable," Supervisor Don Notolli said at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week, "we are headed for a train wreck."

To maintain solvency, county parks Director Ron Suter has come forward with a controversial proposal - hire contractors at two of the county's courses. Current county employees would be shifted into other vacant parks positions.

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