The National Capital Commission is set to tee up its search for a new operator at Pine View Golf Course.
By David Sali
All it’s waiting for now is the go-ahead from Ottawa city councillors.
The city-run golf course on Blair Road posted an operating loss of $135,319 last year and now has a cumulative deficit of nearly $500,000. The city has asked the NCC, which owns the land, to issue a request for proposals in the hope a private-sector operator will take over the facility.
“We’re really testing the market to see if there’s interest out there,” NCC spokesman Cedric Pelletier told the OBJ on Tuesday. “We’ll see how the process unfolds.”
The city’s 50-year lease with the NCC runs until April 30, 2024, at a cost of $1 a year. Council needs to approve city management’s bid to shift the course’s operation to the private sector.
The city’s community and protective services committee will vote on Friday regarding whether to send the matter to a full meeting of city council for final approval.
If council agrees, the NCC will launch a competition to find a new operator this fall. The city will continue to manage the course under the current lease if it can’t find one.