A university official said the course lost $600,000 in the past four years.
Texas A&M University is looking for a private company to take over its golf course after losing thousands of dollars in the past few years, reports KBTX.com in Bryan/College Station, Texas.
A university official, who didn’t want to be identified, told the television station that the golf course has lost $600,000 in the past four years.
The 18-hole golf course is played on by students and residents in the Brazos Valley region.
“I’ve seen how it used to be when it wasn’t maintained very well,” said Bob Palmarez, a resident interviewed on the course by the station. “So anytime we play golf, we try to support something like this, so they can continue to maintain it and keep the fees lower, so that these kids here can have a reasonable price to play golf.”
That price to play could be going up, it was noted, if the university hires one private company it is talking with to come in and renovate the course. The goal for the course, it was reported, is to look similar to local golf courses like Traditions Club.
The university official told the station it hopes to have a contract signed in the next couple of months, and then have the company that is hired start to renovate the grass and irrigation system by the summer.
Improvements are needed in the clubhouse as well as on the course, it was noted.
“The cart paths [need improvement, along with] continuing to maintain and upgrade the greens,” Palmarez. “That is really important.”
“There is always space for improvement,” added Clotide Chen, a Texas A&M student who plays on the course. “If everything is going to be better, that would be great.”