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Duncan Golf to take over management of Carson City’s Eagle Valley Golf Course

Anne Knowles
aknowles@nevadaappeal.com

CARSON CITY — Eagle Valley Golf Course has a new operator.

The Board of Supervisors earlier this month selected Duncan Golf Management to operate, maintain and manage the city's golf course adjacent to Centennial Park. The board directed staff to draft a five-year agreement.

The new vendor, which already operates courses in Reno and Dayton, will begin operating Eagle Valley Golf Course in January unless the current operator, Carson City Municipal Golf Corp., and Duncan Golf agree the new management company should take over sooner with the goal of keeping the course open throughout the transition.

The proposed terms of the agreement call for Duncan Golf to make an annual investment of $90,000 in new equipment that would be owned by the city.

Duncan Golf would lease the land from the city and keep revenue from course-related activities. After three years, Duncan will contribute 10 percent of the course's net operating income to a capital improvement fund that the city and the operator will confer and agree on how to spend.

"Eagle Valley has been a tremendous asset and we would like to get it back to what it should be," said Tom Duncan, owner. "Private corporations have options that the city might not."

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Duncan Golf operates the Lakeridge and Wolf Run golf courses in Reno, and Dayton Valley Golf Club in Dayton.

The meeting room for the Dec. 7 meeting was full of people to hear the golf course agenda item, but only three people spoke during public comment.

One spoke in opposition to awarding the contract to Duncan Golf and two spoke in support of it, including Jim Kepler, Eagle Valley's former manager.

"Tom and I are close friends. He has the best golf course in Reno," said Kepler. "(Eagle Valley) is a viable property."

The course, which consists of two, 18-hole courses, was created for and is key to the city's water reuse plan. The course receives about 816 acre feet of effluent annually, or about 25 percent of effluent the city produces.