The Brigantine golf course is back in the news. According to The Press of Atlantic City, The Links at Brigantine is moving forward with a study by Stephen Kay, a prominent golf course architect. Kay could help decide the future of our struggling golf course as the current third-party operator; (Meadowbrook) faces a lawsuit alleging age and gender discrimination.
In August, Council OK’d a $15,000 contract with Kay to figure out what repairs were needed and how much they would cost. Click thru to watch video about this issue.
The Links at Brigantine golf course lost $43,000 last year.
The Press of Atlantic City also reported that the golf course issue re-emerged this summer as two factions, split along political lines, debated how to balance the budget. Debate centered primarily on how many repairs are needed and who would pay for them — either a bond the city would be responsible for or a third-party contractor entering a long-term lease.
Borrowing money via a municipal bond ordinance is one way to go. Mr. Kay said that may not work if the golf course remains on it’s current unprofitable course. Another option: lease it out to a 3rd party who would provide the cash for improvements in exchange for a long-term lease agreement.
Watch video below from City Council Meetings, discussing golf course. Also below: Pics of golf course, from AUG 2013.