The City of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. owns and maintains the 9-hole golf course but does not own the driveway and parking area. The course has been closed the last two years due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) City Council is being asked to authorize a new three-year lease agreement with Bydand Unlimited Trust for the driveway and parking lot adjacent to Bijou Golf Course, South Tahoe Now reported. The City of South Lake Tahoe owns and maintains the 9-hole golf course, but does not own the driveway and parking area which is owned by Mary McCall and the trust.
At its May 3 meeting, Council will consider approving a lease similar to one that has been in place since 1983, except for the last two years when the course was closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns, South Tahoe Now reported.
The past short-term agreements have been between one and five years in length. The rent being discussed for 2022 is $19,161 with an annual increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the following two years, South Tahoe Now reported. Also included in the lease is a required accounting of all proceeds of the course through green fees, rentals, and golf-related merchandise. Should four percent of this revenue exceed the amount the city pays in rent, McCall would be paid the difference.
The property had been owned by the Johnson family and passed on to long-time area rancher Knox Johnson, South Tahoe Now reported. He passed away in 2016 and the current owner is his daughter, Mary Johnson McCall.
McCall wants a 20-year lease instead of three years, South Tahoe Now reported.
The city is in the process of analyzing the future of the golf course. They are looking at reconfiguration and a clubhouse and entrance from Bijou Park, South Tahoe Now reported. Because of these changes, 20 years may not be the direction the city wants to go for the north entrance to the municipal golf course that offers people an inexpensive option for the sport.