Thompson Park Golf Course’s clubhouse will not be operated by Spokes next season, confirmed City Manager Kenneth A. Mix. The popular downtown nightspot did not renew its option to run the clubhouse after the city-owned golf course became available for proposals.
Spokes on the Square, owned by Jamie Danielson, was the only vendor to offer a proposal in the first year of the city’s ownership of the golf course. However, it missed the deadline to renew its option for the next season and did not respond to inquiries about its plans.
As a result, the city’s Parks and Recreation and purchasing departments are preparing to find a replacement for Spokes. They are in the process of putting together a Request for Proposals to secure another vendor.
Mix and other city officials were not surprised by Spokes’ decision to not return, and Councilwoman and Mayor-elect Sarah V. Compo Pierce noted that the owners had a lot on their plate with multiple ventures.
Despite the financial challenges faced by the golf course in its first season, council members remain optimistic about its future, with potential for increased memberships and tournaments in upcoming seasons.
While the financials show a loss for the first season, they may improve with time as efforts to market the golf course for memberships and tournaments gain traction.
Councilwoman Compo Pierce expressed continued skepticism about the course’s profitability and the need for major equipment purchases, while Mix mentioned that unusually rainy weather this summer negatively impacted the financials. Despite the challenges, council members are hopeful that the golf course can still “do very well.”
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