Amid $325,000 in unpaid fees, Asheville Mooney Golf Course Transforms

Chris Curll, Director of Community and Regional Recreational Facilities, talks to the community about the upcoming changes at Asheville's local golf course on September 1, 2022.

Asheville – Over 50 people attended the September 1 community meeting at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center to meet the new operators of the historic Asheville Municipal Golf Course, Peter DeJack and Michael Bennett, where there were plenty of questions and rounds of welcome applause.

A 10-year era is drawing to a close in the beloved Mooney as operators change, a new phase of management that golfers hope will bring much-needed improvements to the course, which has been allowed to “weak” over several years, according to players. golf.

On October 1, Commonwealth Golf Partners II – Asheville LLC will take over the course’s operations in a seven-year license and management agreement, a new partnership model with the city, which assumed ownership of the course in 2006.

Asheville City Council approved the agreement on August 23.

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Michael Bennett of Commonwealth Golf Partners talks to the community about the upcoming changes to the Asheville Municipal Golf Course on September 1, 2022.

Although it carries greater financial risk for the City, the agreement allows the City to dictate course maintenance levels and retain control over the maximum allowed environment fees and pass holders rates, According to the Working Group Report on the Operator Agreement.

In a nearly two-hour, quick Q&A on September 1, concerns about the current state of the course were overwhelming — from maintenance to a contentious relationship with current operator, Bob Golf, and preservation of the course’s history.

But the meeting ended with several rounds of applause, as many dedicated golfers were pleased to see the promise of change on the course.

Matthew Pacoat Jr. was in the audience. He currently organizes the Skyview Golf Championship on the course, the longest-running professional tournament owned and operated by lions in the country.

Chris Curll, Director of Community and Regional Recreational Facilities, talks to the community about the upcoming changes at Asheville's local golf course on September 1, 2022.

He took charge of the tournament in 2015, but has been involved in it since its inception in 1960, when he was tasked with laying the signs and managing the main scoreboard for the inaugural year.

He had been advocating a change of course for years as he watched it quickly slip into disrepair, and he said the meeting that night was the culmination of months of effort.

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