Golf club, city face tough decisions

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Members of the Benson City Council and the Benson Golf Club Board of Directors discussed the golf club’s financial, equipment and clubhouse needs at a special council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Above, course Superintendent Sally Jones explains how a newly installed irrigation system works.

Benson’s Golf Club is at a pivotal point in its 90-year history.
Decisions that will be made in the coming months by the City of Benson and the Golf Club Board will determine who will operate it, how it will be financed, the quality of its facilities, and what role the taxpayers’ of the community will play.
This tipping point has arrived gradually. It has been brought on by a loss of membership and the accompanying loss of revenues. Ever increasing costs of operations and equipment have also played a role.
Last Wednesday evening, the Benson City Council and the golf club’s board of directors sat down at the clubhouse to talk about what comes next.

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