Golf Study & Assessment

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In 2018, an independent consultant evaluated Ramsey County's golf facilities as they compare to industry standards. The final report is an overview of the county's golf operations in totality. The evaluation provides operational and financial recommendations for the upcoming biennium budget and long-term capital planning. Those recommendations are just proposals at this time. No final decisions have been made.



Scope of Services


Current golf operations

The county has five golf course operations and one golf dome practice facility. Three of the five courses, Keller, Goodrich and The Ponds at Battle Creek, have a professional services contract with a PGA-certified golf professional to manage the pro shop and clubhouse operations. The capital and maintenance at those three courses are managed and operated by the county.

Manitou Ridge is operated under a professional agreement, which includes the entire operation - clubhouse, pro shop and maintenance operation. The county maintains the capital needs of the course as part of the agreement. Island Lake was established as a lease-to-build agreement. The county also has a land lease agreement for the operation of the Goodrich Golf Dome, which is separate from the course agreement.

The golf department is overseen by the Director of Operations for Golf and Arenas and reports to the Director of Ramsey County Parks & Recreation.