Rhinelander Council Examines Role In Northwood Golf Club

Jun 24, 2020

Credit Northwood Golf Club

A spokesperson for the management company running the municipal Northwood Golf Club say progress is being made, but have run into weather problems and this year's pandemic as obstacles.

Green Golf Partners Monday updated the Rhinelander Common Council on the city-owned facility on Rhinelander's far west side.

John Rader, regional vice-president said in their third season they feel even with obstacles, things are improving...

"Through May, the financials were about $35,000 over budget right now..."

Rader says the numbers are close to projection for this year. But Alder Eileen Daniel questioned the losses...

"In looking at this year's budget, and looking at the past year's budgets, we are always in the red..."

Daniel said an stepped-up marketing campaign was needed.

Alder David Holt said regardless of the losses, a direct conversation needs to be held concerning the city's financial picture with the club.

Council President Ryan Rossing says an effort should be made to make the course a year-round activity center.

Rader says they've changed how the golf side and the food and beverage operation works and have established a better environment.

The course opened in 1989 as a profit-center for the city. But changing tastes, 9-11, and a recession happened over the years. The club has received more than $1 million dollars in loans from the city's general fund over the decades.