The city entered into a contract with E&E Golf Management to lease and manage the facility in 2011. That contract would have expired in 2016, with an option for a five-year extension.
Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger said he understood that the two partners in E&E were currently involved in litigation with each other, and that he understood the company would be declaring bankruptcy soon.
“Right now, we’re in a holding pattern,” he said. “We’ll be reviewing the contract and inventorying the equipment on site. But from what I’ve seen, they’ve been doing a good job of maintaining the course and have been able to turn a small profit. I would consider that a highly successful partnership with the city. The last three years that the city ran it, we ended up in the hole more than $100,000, between $100,000 and $150,000 per year. And we couldn’t say before that because everything was just lumped into the budget under one line item and you couldn’t tell what was being spent where.”
Muenger said ideally he did not want to see the city get back into the golf course management business right now.
“For now, we’re just going to look at our options and probably discuss the next step with the City Council when they meet on Sept. 9.”
E&E also manages Pine Hill Golf Course in Calhoun County, which is also closed until further notice.
Neither of the owners of the management company could be reached for comment Monday afternoon, but co-owner Jason Edwards did tell The Anniston Star that the facilities had been shut down for “financial reasons.”
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