Agreement OK’d for Libertyville Golf Course management
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT January 11, 2013 4:26PM
Updated: February 13, 2013 6:07AM
Libertyville officials have approved a long-term lease agreement with BCS Golf LLC to manage and operate the village-owned nine-hole par-3 golf course at Riverside Park.
Besides operating the golf course, Long Grove-based BCS Golf will create and operate a Short Game Academy, along with an indoor Putting Studio.
The lease agreement has a term of 10 years with BCS Golf paying the village an annual rental rate of $20,000 per year along with Libertyville receiving a percentage of the gross revenues once BCS Golf achieves a designated threshold, officials said. The agreement also has an additional 10-year option for $25,000 a year.
Libertyville acquired the golf course in 1979 and has managed the golf operations internally through the village’s Recreation Department.
“We are proud to partner with BCS Golf in this win-win venture at our golf course,” said Mayor Terry Weppler said Friday. “This agreement allows our residents and non-residents to continue to enjoy the game of golf and provides for the expertise of BCS Golf to manage the course. Adding their Short Game Academy and indoor Putting Studio makes it a destination for golfers.”
“Besides providing affordable daily play golf, we will be a destination for special events and instruction with our Short Game Academy for golfers of all ages,” said Blair Subry president of BCS Golf. “And our indoor Putting Studio will be open 12 months a year.”
Part of the transformation of the course will be replacement of greens and tees with state-of-the art golf course-specific artificial turf. This golf surface technology is being used in several golfing ventures throughout the country.
“These golf-specific artificial surfaces are the same as regular tees and greens, will be easier to maintain and give greater consistency for golf play” stated Subry.
BCS Golf projects a mid-May opening for the golf course, Short Game Academy and indoor Putting Studio.