The City of Booville has put the final touches on the acquisition of Quail Crossing Golf Course.

Boonville announced the finalization Tuesday in a press conference. The final deal cost the city $600,000.

The city previously approved the issuing of bonds for $950,000 for the acquisition, equipment, improvements and other expenses incurred in the process of the acquisition.

The city announced that former city employee Michelle Johnson will be named the new director of operations at the course while Darrell Conner will be named the new director of golf.

Johnson said she is excited for the potential provided by the course. She said there is a lot of work to be done, but the city is ready to take on what needs to be done.

"There are things out here that are very easily changed," she said. "The great thing about the city of Boonville owning Quail Crossing is that ownership is now here local."

Conner said he has history with the course and is happy to have an opportunity to be involved in the processes at the facility where he has already spent a lot of time.

"I grew up playing this golf course," he said. "I have a lot of fond memories at this golf course and I'm very excited to see it get back to what it was when I was growing up."

Boonville Mayor Charlie Wyatt said the final papers were signed on Sept. 5. He said the city is now going to work on making changes and getting the course in working order. He said eight of the 18 greens have been closed for maintenance, but the city will continue to keep the course open and operational.

"We want to upgrade the facility to the position it once was years ago," he said.

Wyatt said there has been a lot of positive feedback about the acquisition. He said the goal is for the city to put in place personnel and then to look at potential upgrades.

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"We're still in hiring mode," he said. "We have one position we haven't filled yet."

Wyatt said, with two other courses shut down in recent years, he believes Quail Crossing is in demand. He said as long as the course is open, the city should be able to bring in a profit from the course.

"If we're playable, we should reap the benefits," he said. "I think it's a quality facility. With the right management, it can be brought back to its former prominence in the tristate."

Wyatt said the city works to leave a good impression from every park in Boonville.

"We want to make sure when people walk away, they walk away with a positive experience," he said.

Wyatt said, with the help of consultants, the city is in position to use the opportunities available at the course. He said if people are concerned about the success of the course, they need to support it.

"I believe that the opportunity is wide open for us to be successful," he said. "To the citizens of Boonville, if you want to make it successful, come use our facility. Use our event center to meet your needs."

(1) comment

mnally

It would have been nice if the original staff would have been able to keep theirs jobs as well....

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