Huntsville City Council votes to end relations with company that manages municipal course

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville City Council unanimously approved a move Thursday night, that would end the agreement with the company that manages the Huntsville Municipal Golf Course.

The resolution authorized Mayor Tommy Battle to enter a contract termination agreement between the City of Huntsville and Robertson Golf Management, which has operated the Becky Pierce Golf Course for the last 15 years.

The Parks and Recreation Department requested for the relationship to end because they feel like the course has much more potential. Steve Ivey, Director of the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department, told city council they feel like major improvements are needed, and the city needs to evaluate what shape the course is in before taking further actions.

“The golf course is probably going to need some improvements, so I think it’d be best to let us put a team together. Let us get a plan together, so we can talk intelligently about it. Right now, I couldn’t tell people other than we’ll have to study it,” says Steve Ivey, the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Any golfers with annual passes will be able to use them until the end of the year, when the contract expires December 31st.

After the contract expires, the city will determine exactly what maintenance the course needs.  The Director of Communications for the City of Huntsville says that could take several months.

Councilman Bill Kling did request the Parks and Recreation Director to hold a public information meeting in the coming weeks, so that loyal customers of the course can weigh in on what needs to be improved.