- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rosewood Lakes Golf Course will continue to exist under a deal approved by the Reno City Council that turns management of the 18-hole course over to a nonprofit group that works to inspire youth through the game of golf.

The First Tee of Northern Nevada will lease, manage, operate and redevelop the course that has been a strain on city finances for years, the Reno Gazette-Journal (https://on.rgj.com/1hUej4j) reported.

The agreement approved Wednesday by the City Council includes a short-term lease for The First Tee to operate the golf course starting this year. That lease will remain in effect until construction begins on the Southeast Connector, a road project that will link south Reno to east Sparks.

The council also approved a long-term agreement that would allow for The First Tee to continue operating the course if it can demonstrate it is a financially viable operation. Under the agreement, The First Tee would also redevelop the course into a 9-hole course and driving range when construction begins on the second phase of the Southeast Connector, which will bisect the property.

The city will pay off about $1.5 million in bonds used to build and maintain the course. The transfer will also cost the city about $375,600 in maintenance and repair costs.

But leasing the course to First Tee will relieve the city of about $730,000 a year in operating losses and save the general fund about $620,000 a year, the Gazette-Journal reported.

The course will open on May 1.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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