Tamarac Looks for New Management Company for Golf Course

ColonyWest

Built in 1971 Colony West has two impressive courses. In 1985 it was redesigned.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

In late August, employees at Colony West golf course were given notice that the club would be closed.  The course, which was purchased in a short sale in 2011 by the City of Tamarac for $3 million was turned back over to the Rack family who had owned it since 1985.  Unable to make future lease payments past September, they closed all operation leaving many out of jobs.

Days later, Tamarac City Manager Michael Cernech announced at the commission meeting that he was approached over the summer by the Rack’s regarding renegotiating their lease.  At the time, they advised him that they were not going to be able to make their payments beyond September 1, and informed Cernech that they wanted to change the terms from a lease, to a management agreement where the city would pay the Rack’s to run the course. Cernech, while in communication with the mayor and commissioners, declined to do this, and told them that the city had met their obligations and expected that they meet theirs.

The Rack’s advised Cernech that if they could not renegotiate, then they would be closing their operations the following week. Again, the Cernech refused to renegotiate and the golf course closed on August 25 and no operations including food, beverage, pro shop and golf remained open and 47 employees were let go.

“Since the golf course doors were closed, I’m sure I’ve had no fewer than 10 to 12 people approach us regarding the golf courses that they manage and their willingness to participate with us in the management of the golf complex,” said Cernech at the August City Commission Meeting.

Cernech said he will be getting a letter of interest out shortly to a number of people that have been in contact with him.  He will be getting proposals in to expedite getting the golf courses and pro shop open again. He said there is no shortage of operators out there and this is an opportunity to find the best fit, not just in the short term, but in the long term.

During the time of closing, Cernech stressed that the city of Tamarac will make sure the golf courses are maintained.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Bsmind

    Thank you for writing this article. I have been waiting for the update. I have to add that they are maintaining only what I think is called the greens. The short grass by the tees and holes. They have not in 3 weeks mowed the surrounding grass or maintained the sandtraps. I saw 1 guy moving the greens by the club house he told me that the company he works for was hired to mow the course. 1 week later yesterday, I saw the same guy mowing the short green area behind my home. The city has not mowed the course, only the greens. Surrounding area is full of weeds and tall grass. II witnessed truckloads of golf carts being towed away from the clubhouse. I really hope and pray that the city lives upto it’s word and keeps our green space. Commissioners we are trusting you with most people’s, most valuable asset , our homes. Please don’t let us down.

    • Bsmind

      They actually are mowing now thankfully. Do you have any update on the city being able to get a management company? There were 4 people on golf carts, I assuming possible lookers on the golf course the other day.