It’s official, the City of Brigantine finally owns the Links Golf Course.
Built in 1927, the Scottish style 18 hole golf course was originally known as the Brigantine Country Club. In 1989, the course was sold and the name was changed to the Brigantine Golf Links.
In 2002, City Council voted to purchase the property for $4.3 million dollars. A $800,000 Green Acres grant helped pay the purchase price. Once ‘Green Acres’ grant money was accepted, there was a deed restriction placed on the golf course, which effectively keeps it an open space for now.
Brigantine Links Golf Course
- Open space asset for Brigantine.
- A poorly marketed attraction.
- Ron Jaworski wanted to buy The Links, but was chased away.
- Asset to homeowners living on golf course.
- Part of Brigantine’s flood mitigation system.
While many were originally in favor of the city purchasing the golf course, there was a growing concern that it was being mismanaged, something Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther vehemently denies.
For the first eleven years that the city owned the golf course, it didn’t cost the taxpayer a dime. It was self sustaining. But as the popularity of golf has declined, THE LINKS was seen as nothing more than a money losing, private club for Brigantine Insiders. Most of the expense of propping up the course being handled by part-time residents and 2nd home owners.
A 15-year bond ordinance helped financed the deal. As of January 6 2018, the debt was paid off.
Brigantine Taxpayers Association President Anne Phillips continues to question the financial history of the city-owned Brigantine Golf Links.
Phillips says the Mayor and the city continue to paint a rosy picture of the course status despite declining revenue since 2008 and a downturn in rounds played.