Pictured: Anaconda Hills GC
The city’s Anaconda Hills Golf Course and Eagle Falls Golf Club will now be operated by the California-based firm, effective February 1. Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly said he was most impressed by CourseCo’s ideas for having the courses “not just be for golfers anymore,” with plans for movie nights, campouts and other events.
Beginning February 1, CourseCo, the Petaluma, Calif.-based golf management company will manage the two municipal golf properties in Great Falls, Mont., the Great Falls Tribune reported.
CourseCo plans to maintain operations at the Anaconda Hills Golf Course and Eagle Falls Golf Club mostly as they are presently conducted for the first year of the arrangement, the Tribune reported, before any major changes are made. First and foremost, Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly told the Tribune, CourseCo will focus on getting to know the community better.
“I understand that the staff of CourseCo is going to have a meet-and-greet with the community, for the golfers who are curious about what’s going to happen next to come and get to know them and give them their input,” Kelly said.
“I do think that we’re going to see a lot more community-oriented events happening on the golf course, per the presentation CourseCo gave to us at the work session in late December ,” Kelly added.
In particular, Kelly told the Tribune, he was very impressed with the fact that golf courses may not just be for golfers anymore, with CourseCo talking about starting movie nights, golf course campouts and other non-golf activities that the courses could host.
Local golfer Terry Graham, who said he plays about two or three times a week, told the Tribune that he was “very optimistic” about the new arrangement with CourseCo.
“There were rumors that Anaconda Hills [would be closed] down, and I’m just really glad that we can have both courses,” Graham said.
From what he’s heard, Graham added, CourseCo sounds like it plans to put some time in to take care of the courses.
“We’re very fortunate in this town, actually, to have 36 holes that we can join and enjoy together, so I’m very excited about that,” Graham said.
With CourseCo now in charge, Mayor Kelly told the Tribune, the municipal golf courses have a better chance of staying open and collecting more revenue.
“I think they are going to be creative,” he said. “The major changes as far as restructuring, availability to play and tee times will be pretty much unchanged this year, because they want to observe and see what happens. But I do think that the community will see improvements for involvement at the two facilities.”