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Major changes to Glendoveer unlikely

Metro will seek proposals for how to best run course

Metro councilors are not interested in making any major changes to Glendoveer Golf Course but will still issue a request for proposals on how to best operate the facility.

'The council pretty much wants to keep things the same,' said Lydia Neill, Glendoveer property manager and a Metro construction supervisor.

Facing a steady decline in revenue, Metro - which owns the 242-acre course and leases it to operator Glisan Street Recreation - considered reducing the number of holes from the two 18-hole courses and possibly turning an indoor tennis facility into a dual event space and parking area for golf carts.

Consultants recommended the changes in hopes of reducing operation costs and generating more revenue, which could be used to offset years of deferred maintenance - everything from irrigation system repairs to fixing the tennis center's roof.

But this summer, during an open house at the golf course, frequent users voiced outrage at the suggested changes. Located just west of 148th Avenue between Northeast Halsey and Glisan streets, the property includes two 18-hole golf courses, four covered tennis courts and a 2-mile fitness trail. The Ringside Steakhouse, a pro shop, clubhouse and driving range also are located on the property.

Metro councilors are still planning to put out a request for proposals from golf course operators next summer. Metro's contract with Glisan Street Recreation dates back to the 1970s and expires at the end of 2012.

Until then, Metro councilors will consider funding maintenance issues, such as repairing the restaurant's roof or fixing dry wells in the parking lot.