(KCPW News) Salt Lake County may decide to sell off its most expensive public golf course. County Councilman Jeff Allen says there's no question the South Mountain golf course in Draper is the county's most underutilized public course. He says the county's golf fund loses $1.5 million a year, and by selling off the South Mountain course, the county could save that exact amount in debt service payments.
"We've got all the other courses that we have ongoing deferred maintenance items that we haven't been able to keep up with, because we just don't have the money to do that," he told KCPW. "We can now take that $1.5 million dollars and start doing more of the general maintenance things that we need to do."
Allen says there's a $6 million backlog of maintenance projects that are needed at the county's other five courses.
The councilman adds that South Mountain was designed to attract high-caliber golf players, but it simply hasn't been successful in doing so.
"It's designed to appeal to a lower-handicap player, a more experienced player, and unless we maintain it in a way that would attract that type of a player, it's not going to attract that caliber," he said. "So what we're left with is attracting more of the average player, who will find oftentimes the course to be just a little bit too difficult and challenging, and so we get low play out of it.
The county council will consider Allen's proposal at their next meeting tomorrow. Allen says the idea is to see what price the county could fetch for the course, and then consider selling it only if the price is high enough.