Report: Hire contractor to run Lynnwood golf course

LYNNWOOD — A consultant paid to analyze Lynnwood’s struggling golf course operations is scheduled to present his findings at a City Council meeting Wednesday night.

The consultant recommends the city hire a private contractor to run the course, a move supported by the city parks director, according to a draft of the 54-page report posted to the city’s website.

The report also notes that the course is well-designed, popular with older golfers and female golfers, and has a good location. It recommends making improvements, including adding parking spaces, a better-looking, easier-to-navigate entrance and a snack bar. It recommends against building a new clubhouse due to cost concerns.

City leaders have been mulling the future of the golf course for months now, ever since the course’s finances were questioned by the state Auditor’s Office in 2012.

In May, Lynnwood’s council decided to keep the golf course and ponder the contracting option awhile longer.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. It’s a work session, so binding decisions aren’t likely.

The consultant’s report was estimated to cost up to $10,000, according to an early quote. In Snohomish County, Lynnwood and Marysville run their own golf courses. Everett and Snohomish County contract out for course operations.

About half of the Lynnwood course’s players come from Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and the north Seattle area, according to the report. About 30 percent of its golfers are from Lynnwood and Everett.

A private company would be better poised to increase course revenues and make improvements than the city, the report said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Nathan Nicholson of Snohomish High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
‘The future is biotech,’ but for now he’s busy with everything

Snohomish senior Nathan Nicholson is a student leader and media master.

Longboarders from near and far hit the trail in Arlington

The Centennial Sk8 Festival was serious competition for some and just for fun for others.

Council passes six-month moratorium on safe injection sites

Proposal by County Councilman Nate Nehring passed unanimously.

Crews recover body of man who fell over Wallace Falls

The area where the man fell is called Sky Valley Lookout, 2.4 miles from the parking lot.

Big fire destroys building on Broadway in Everett

A person was rescued, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Luring attempt reported in Mountlake Terrace

The driver allegedly instructed a boy to get in the truck and help grab a scooter he was giving away.

A place to live: Clearing a barrier for former sex workers

A nonprofit’s house “will be a safe place” for former prostitutes and sex-trafficking victims.

A customer walks away after buying a hot dog from a vendor on 33rd St and Smith Street near the Everett Station on Friday. The Everett Station District Alliance pictures the area east of Broadway and south of Hewitt Avenue as a future neighborhood and transit hub that could absorb expected population growth. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
How can Everett Station become a vibrant part of city?

A neighborhood alliance focused on long-term revitalization will update the public Tuesday.

Most Read