A California-based company that operates golf courses has been selected to manage Glendoveer golf course, tennis center and fitness trail in outer Northeast Portland.

CourseCo.Inc., with headquarters in Petaluma, Calif., was one of four chosen by an independent group of citizens for Metro to consider when selecting a new company to manage Glendoveer.

It beat out Portland-based Glisan Street Recreation, which has operated the site since 1978, as well as OB Sports Golf Management of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Total Golf Management Services of Oregon City.

Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, whose district includes Gresham and outer East Portland, where Glendoveer is located, announced the news in a Friday. Oct. 5, letter to Glendoveer neighbors.

“Our staff and our citizen panel believe they are a great fit for our community,” Craddick wrote. “CourseCo offered great ideas that could result in very positive changes at Glendoveer.”

Specifically, she mentioned youth programs and a good track record of working with the communities where CourseCo manages other courses.

The company has a wealth of experience in the public golf market and is committed to providing excellent service to golf and tennis customers, she added.

Metro selected the firm based on recommendations from the Glendoveer Citizen Review Panel, which includes neighbors and others who use the nature park and its amenities, interviews with Metro staff and review of a detailed business plan, complete with revenue and expense projections.

The contract is still under negotiation, but Craddick is confident “that ultimately we will reach an agreement that will ensure Glendoveer remains a valuable community asset,” she wrote.

The 242-acre site is located west of Northeast 148th Avenue between Halsey and Glisan Streets. It includes two 18-hole golf courses, four covered tennis courts, the Ringside Steakhouse, driving range, pro shop, two-mile fitness trail and two parking lots.

The announcement marks the end of an era for Glisan Street Recreation, which has operated Glendoveer on contract since 1978, when Glendoveer was under different ownership.

In 1996, Metro Regional Government acquired Glendoveer from Multnomah County, and inherited the old contract with Glisan Street Recreation.

Under the contract, Metro receives 44 percent of revenue from the golf course, but none of the money generated by the driving range, tennis courts or restaurant.

Last year, a study found that the site needs an estimated $4 million in maintenance and repairs. This, coupled with plummeting revenue, prompted Metro to consider radical changes to bring in more money from the facility, which is one of Metro’s most popular and heavily used recreation centers.

Those changes ranged from doing away with the tennis center to reducing the number of holes per course. Longtime users were outraged. Instead of making drastic changes, Metro began accepting bids for the operating contract, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

The Glendoveer contract will be the second Oregon golf course in CourseCo’s list of properties it operates. It manages a course in Redmond, four in eastern and central Washington, and 16 throughout California, most of which are in the state’s northern and central areas.

Next, CourseCo will interview Glendoveer’s staff as it hires employees to operate the facilty. Meanwhile, Metro has again stated it will take a “more active management role with the new contract to make sure the golf, tennis and fitness trail continue to benefit Glendoveer’s neighbors and our entire community,” Craddick wrote.

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