State Seeks Operator for Belle Isle Golf Range

By | February 13th, 2018

The nine-acre facility in Detroit features a six-hole mini-golf course, 30 driving range stations, clubhouse, and putting practice areas. The three-year contract starts in April and can be extended for four years.

The state is seeking an operator for the Belle Isle Golf Range in Detroit, Crain’s Detroit reported.

Bids are due March 15 to oversee and maintain the Detroit island’s course, practice range and driving range for three years, according to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources news release and the bid packet, Crain’s reported.

The nine-acre facility has a six-hole mini-golf course, 30 driving range stations, and putting practice areas. The three-year contract starts in April and can be extended for four years, Crain’s reported.

Previously, Francine Pegues, who was the president of the Michigan Women’s Golf Association in a term from 2015-17, took over the Belle Isle Golf Range in 2015. She had signed on for a three-year contract. Unexpected expenses and troubles made the job difficult, Crain’s reported in 2015.

The DNR also in October invited businesses to bid on other contracts for recreation and concession opportunities in state parks. The Belle Isle Conservancy will also likely be more involved with managing vendors, concessionaires, the golf facility and other island amenities in the future under a new permanent agreement with the DNR, Crain’s reported.

A meeting on March 8 at Belle Isle’s golf facility clubhouse is mandatory for potential operators, Crain’s reported.

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