Port Orange to vote on golf course renovations

News-Journal/PETER BAUER A man putts on the practice green at Port Orange’s Cypress Head Golf Course in this archival image from August 2014.

By Lacey McLaughlin
Published: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.
PORT ORANGE — Council members will vote on whether to fund the first phase of renovations for Port Orange’s 22-year-old golf course on Tuesday evening.
The decision to fund $647,471 in renovations at Cypress Head Gold Course comes after two years of proposals by Kemper Sports, the company the city hired to manage the course.
The first phase of renovations includes an overhaul of the course’s greens and bunkers as well as new landscaping and drainage improvements. If approved, the golf course will close in May and re-open in November. A second round of renovations, costing $700,000 for the banquet room and clubhouse, has been proposed, but no vote has been scheduled.
“This will put things back to the scope of when we first opened,” Cypress Head General Manager Michael Collins said about the first phase of renovations. “Most courses do this every 10 years and we are on year 23.”
The renovations have been a source of debate for city leaders as the golf course has struggled to pay off debts and meet revenue goals for the last year due to poor weather and declining golf rounds. Some residents say the city is not managing the course properly and spoke out against funding the renovations last month, citing a failed health inspection at the clubhouse’s restaurant in October.
“The government should not be in the restaurant business,” said Ted Noftall, head of an activist group known as Citizens for a Better Port Orange.
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2 thoughts on “Port Orange to vote on golf course renovations

  • February 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Anyone else find it funny that the person that we were begged to re-elect by so many people on this site is the one spending money like it is going out of style! I personally find it reassuring that Bob is not bound to the fringe that worked so hard to get him elected. It shows that he is for all of Port Orange, not just the minority that try to sound like the majority.

    • February 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      The council won’t get it right all of the time, but they got it right last night for a lot of good reasons. It was refreshing to see.


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