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An advisory committee will recommend the city of Wichita continue to manage its five public golf courses, without hiring a private company.
The committee was formed earlier this year to look at the finances and operations of the city's golf system. The city went out for bids from private management firms and looked at all options for managing the five courses. One firm, Landscapes Unlimited, was singled out as the best option, but the committee is recommending the city's golf division continue to manage the courses, with improvements in the oversight, customer service and marketing of the golf system.
The committee also wants to stay in place to provide oversight for the five courses, and it recommends a review of the operations after one year.
Wichita Parks and Recreation Director Doug Kupper said this has been a good year for the courses, with net revenue totaling over $866,000 at the end of November and 173,000 rounds of golf played. The question will be whether that success can continue.
The city council will meet with the park board in a joint meeting to hear the committee report at the Tuesday workshop.