Officials in Warren are hoping they can find someone to take over the city-owned Old Avalon Golf Course before golf season gets fully underway.
The city is currently only paying for the course’s upkeep, which includes mowing and watering the grass. They are considering all options to get the course open, including a management agreement and leasing the course, officials said.
Three people with a potential interest in buying or managing the golf course are expected to make presentations to City Council’s finance committee on Wednesday.
Councilman Jim Valesky said he expects the 5 p.m. meeting to draw dozens of people urging the city not to sell the golf course, which is now closed, because of potential royalties from the sale of mineral rights.
Valesky said he wants the golf course to be brought under the city’s control as part of the parks department, similar to how Mill Creek MetroParks operates. He said Mill Creek Park Executive Director and golf professional Dennis Miller may attend Wednesday’s meeting.
Valesky said Miller was invited because of the park’s proven track record with its golf course.
One of the interested parties is Scott Karabin, a PGA professional, who said last week he planned to present the administration an updated plan for how he would operate Old Avalon Golf Course.
Another person interested in the facility is Marc Beechy, whose family operated the Forest Oaks Golf Course in Trumbull County for 54 years. Forest Oaks was auctioned Oct. 11, 2008, to Cuyahoga Land Management. The new owners renamed the course Southington Golf Course and operated it for about two years before it closed.
Valesky said there is at least one other potential buyer for the course, but he would not reveal the buyer’s name.
The city is also exploring possible legal action against the golf course’s former management company, OAG, LLC., for breach of contract. The company owes Warren $320,000 in back lease payments.