CourseCo takes over management of city golf courses on Friday

CourseCo takes over operation of the Great Falls’ two municipal golf courses on Friday.

City Commissioners voted in December to award the three-year management agreement with the California company.

During Monday’s city golf advisory board meeting, Park and Rec director Steve Herrig said CourseCo staff were in Great Falls this month for a job fair with current city golf staff and to meet with golf groups.

Management agreement with CourseCo approved for city golf courses

The city will continue to own the golf courses and existing equipment, but CourseCo will take over management and staffing so the city staff that accept positions with CourseCo will transition to the company.

CourseCo is currently hiring for a general manager to oversee both golf courses.

The company typically retains about 95 percent of existing staff when they take over management, according to the company.

Golf management agreement on next week’s City Commission agenda

For the first year, CourseCo is planning to keep golf fees the same. That was the plan CourseCo executives discussed with commissioners in December and Herrig told golf board members on Monday.

City moving forward with golf course management negotiations

Herrig said the CourseCo is hoping to be able to start selling golf passes by next week and the city has been selling gift cards that will be usable for purchasing passes from CourseCo. The courses will likely open for the season in March, depending on the weather.

Two proposals submitted for management of city golf courses; staff currently reviewing

He said Park and Rec is working with CourseCo for the transition and potentially sharing golfer database information so regular golfers won’t have to enter all of their information again to buy a pass this season.

The golf advisory board will continue to exist and Herrig said CourseCo will likely send a representative to the meetings.