The city is currently leasing the course that it owns, after it was donated by a golf club in 1930, to operators who have proposed to buy the property outright. Mayville’s mayor is thinking of putting the sale up for voter approval in a referendum, with the stipulation that it must remain a golf course.
Residents of Mayville, Wis. could get a say in what happens on the links at the local Mayville Golf Course, the Beaver Dam (Wis.) Daily Citizen reported.
Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk said the company that is currently leasing the city-owned golf course, MGT Properties, is proposing an offer to buy the property outright, the Daily Citizen reported. Marc and Jeff Trott signed a three-year lease agreement to manage the course in March 2018.
“We’re talking about if the city’s interested in selling it,” Boelk said. “We should probably put it out for a referendum.”
The earliest there could be a referendum on the course would be April 2020, Boelk told the Daily Citizen. He would want to see some stipulations on any potential purchase, he added, including that it would remain a golf course, or otherwise the city would buy it back. It would be too early to really get into any other specific details like a final price, Boelk added.
“I think that’s the best, to have the residents of Mayville decide,” Boelk said. The city has not officially decided anything about the golf course yet.
MGT Properties did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Citizen.
MGT signed the lease last year for $1 in year one, $8,000 in year two and $12,000 in year three, the Daily Citizen reported. The $1 lease for the first year was with the understanding that the Trotts would invest $120,000 of their own money into the course.
In 2014, the Daily Citizen reported, the city of Horicon, Wis. sold its golf course to a private party for $420,000 and included a restriction that required the property to remain a golf course for five years. The agreement also stipulated that the city would have a right of first refusal if the property were put up for sale.
The Horicon agreement called for no extra investment from the city and required the new ownership group to invest over $500,000, the Daily Citizen reported. The Horicon Common Council approved the bid over another at that time.
The idea of selling the Mayville Golf Course has come up before, the Daily Citizen reported. In 2015, MGT Properties said it would make an offer to purchase the land and real estate from the city. However, the members of a joint committee voted against exploring the idea.
The Mayville Golf Course was donated to the city in 1930 by the Mayville Golf Club. The 18-hole course is on 153 acres of property. The course also has a bar and grill, banquet facilities, a pro shop and other amenities.