The semi-private Valparaiso, Ind. course was recently acquired by the Aberdeen Property Owners’ Association. In other management-company news, the city of Sioux Falls, S.D. has opened its contract for three courses to proposals for the first time since 1994, and five firms, including the present operator, Dakota Golf Management, have submitted bids.
The Sioux Falls, S.D. municipal has had to cut down trees and reroute its 27 holes because of an FAA-mandated runway extension at the nearby regional airport. Rounds have been affected by renovation work that will extend into 2016, but the outlook is for “wholesale improvement” that could pay off in the long run.
The three-year renovation plan for the Sioux Falls, S.D., property began last September, and is a result of the nearby airport expanding its runway safety area by clearing out trees.
Sioux Falls, S.D., leaders are hoping a new hotel and restaurant will turn the city-owned golf course into a travel destination, and will put out a request for proposals on November 22. The city would retain ownership of the 2.5 acres and work out a lease with the hotel owner, which could involve revenue sharing.