It's a rare commodity in East Portland that families have used for generations. A place where a round of golf is affordable and where you can escape from a hectic day to a beautiful natural area and find some quiet and calm… Ask the community what makes the Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Center such a special gem in East Portland and these are some of the comments you'll hear. As CourseCo, a leading West Coast golf operator, stands poised to take over the management of the regionally-owned property, its priority is to keep it that way.
Metro finalized a five-year operations contract with CourseCo today. The contract takes effect in January 2013.
"CourseCo is committed to Metro's vision for making Glendoveer a leader in its class while maintaining an affordable venue for golf and tennis," said CourseCo owner Tom Isaak. "We will provide the highest level of customer service and continue the partnerships Metro has developed with the community."
What can visitors expect after the new contract begins? While the 242-acre site will continue to offer two golf courses, a driving range, pro shop, tennis center and fitness trail, CourseCo intends to make an immediate and positive impact at Glendoveer.
"Users are going to see increased maintenance of the facility and new equipment," Isaak explained. "High quality playing conditions will be consistently delivered because that is what patrons pay for and expect." The company will also focus on increasing youth programs and venues for competitive play."
"Metro is excited for CourseCo to bring their experience in municipal golf course management to Glendoveer," said Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, whose district includes eastern Multnomah County. "We will continue to take a more active role in managing the facility and work closely with the new operator on maintenance issues and improvements to the property."
About $331,000 is set aside in the regional government's upcoming budget for improvements to Glendoveer, including accessibility upgrades to bathrooms and construction of a new cart barn. Other improvements include repairs to the roof on the tennis center and new carpet and a fresh coat of MetroPaint in the clubhouse. Improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2013.