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Richland and Kennewick may team up to run their city golf courses

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RICHLAND, Wash., -- The cities of Richland and Kennewick may be collaborating their efforts to run both Columbia Point and Columbia Park Golf Courses.  The two have entered into an inner-local agreement to do partnerships. The current management contract with Simonton for the Kennewick course runs out on October 31.  Interim Kennewick City Manager, Marie Mosley, says the city is prepared to operate Columbia Park with limited staff during the winter months.  Richland's 13 year relationship and contract with IRI runs out December 31.  Richland Administrative Services Director, Ron Musson says Richland is in talks with CourseCo, a golf management company out of California.  He says if the cities work together, they may see some savings.

"If there is some collaborative effort to operate both courses by CourseCo, there will be some savings achieved by the city of Richland as well as the city of Kennewick through the sharing of equipment, sharing of resources, people at the golf course. and as an example, since we got two courses, maybe there can be some savings in terms of what we pay for these services," says Musson.

Leaders from Richland are meeting with CourseCo. on November 2 where a final decision is expected to be made.  Kennewick says they'll operate based on how that meeting goes.