(Rolling Hills GC)
“Creative, feasible proposals” are being solicited to address the need for capital improvements at the city’s Ken McDonald and Rolling Hills courses. The partner is also sought to help “ensure the long-term viability of public golf, provide revenue to the city and expand golf and recreational amenities to a wide and diverse audience.” Bids are due by September 9th.
The city of Tempe, Ariz. is looking for a qualified contractor to help with its golf course operation and infrastructure needs, Wrangler News reported.
The city has issued a request for proposal, due by September 9, to address the needs for improvement at its Ken McDonald Golf Course in South Tempe and/or the Rolling Hills course in the center of the city near Papago Park. The goal of the RFP is to cultivate business interest in funding improvements and operations of both golf courses, Wrangler News reported.
Tempe wants to enter into a public/private partnership that ensures the long-term viability of public golf, addresses capital improvement needs, provides revenue to the city, and expands golf and recreational amenities to a wide and diverse audience, Wrangler News reported.
All qualified and interested parties are invited to submit offers, Wrangler News reported. Interested firms should have a proven track record in the development, management and operation of golf courses, food and beverage, and associated amenities, and should submit “creative, feasible proposals.”
During the process, the city also plans to seek input on options from customers, stakeholders and the community, Wrangler News reported.
Due to a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus in the state, Tempe will accept only an e-copy of the completed and signed proposal via e-mail to: [email protected], and no hard-copy proposals will be accepted, Wrangler News reported. More information about the RFP can be found at bids.tempe.gov/bids, and updates on the process will be issued at tempe.gov/GolfRFP2021.
The Ken McDonald course was designed by Jack Snyder in 1974 and the Rolling Hills course was originally designed by Milton Coggins in 1958, with a renovation by Gary Panks in 1987.
The clubhouses of both courses were recently subject to the new resumption of mask-wearing requirements issued by the city at the end of July for all indoor city-run facilities, regardless of vaccination status.