City Hears Options for Future of Golf Course

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TOPEKA, Kan. - Cypress Ridge Golf Course hosted a dinner for members Monday evening before Topeka City Council members; Mayor Bill Bunten; City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr.; and staff from Shawnee County Parks and Recreation held a work session.

The purpose of the session was for all of those members to look over Request for Proposals submitted concerning the maintenance and supervision of Cypress Ridge Golf Course.

There are five groups who put in bids to manage the course, including its current management, Billy Casper Golf. Billy Casper's contract with the city is up on December 31, 2008.

The city is hoping to find a group to manage the course for less cost. Members say they're top concerns are that the course not be turned into a development (which may no longer be considered an option), and that the condition of the course stay in good condition.

"I've been fighting for this course and we're not gonna shut it down," said City Councilman and Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner. "This is a quality of life issue for folks in Topeka and Shawnee County. It's doing very well and it's taken a lot of years, but the course is in fine shape."

Along with Billy Casper Golf of Virginia, bids were submitted to manage the course by Golden Turf of Auburn; Greatlife Golf and Fitness of Ozawkie, which owns Berkshire and Lake Perry Country Club; Orion Management Solutions of Leawood; and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

The city hasn't said when they'll make a decision, but the Casper contract expires at the end of 2008.

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