A group of investors plans to make an offer on Woodbury’s Eagle Valley Golf Course.
“Probably this spring,” said Woodbury resident Chris Soukup, a business consultant, speaking for the group.
The offer will be in the $1.7 million to $1.8 million range, he said.
“The worst they could do is say no,” said Soukup, who last spring expressed interest in the course.
For Councilman Paul Rebholz, the city already went through a “thorough, thoughtful” process to develop a three-year plan to improve the financial standing of the municipal golf course, which had seen decreasing rounds along with the rest of the industry.
“Right now, the city’s plan with Eagle Valley is to work the plan that we approved,” Rebholz said. “For now, that's all the council is looking at.”
The Eagle Valley Golf Course Task Force report is available on the city's website.
Rebholz also mentioned the strong 2012 season at Eagle Valley.
During a mid-August report to the Woodbury City Council, course officials said revenue was up 34 percent over that time in 2011, while rounds increased 37 percent. Membership in the course’s Royal Club was also up by more than 250 over the previous year’s numbers.
Yet Soukup said the city would be wise to sell now following a good season, and added that a private group could run the course better, relieve the city of the financial burden of operating it, and add to Woodbury’s tax base.
There would also be a new marketing plan and some upgrades to the clubhouse and course if the group were to buy it, Soukup said.
Still, he acknowledged it’s a long shot.
“I actually fully expect them to say no thanks,” Soukup said.
He said he recalled estimates that put the value of the course somewhere around $1.2 million to $1.4 million. The group would look at other courses in the state should Woodbury not accept the offer, Soukup said.
Rebholz, meanwhile, said he’s looking forward to seeing how the operational changes put in place benefit the course this spring, and encouraged area residents to golf in Woodbury.
“It’s a great course,” he said.