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State seeks private operator for Beaver Island Golf Course

The state has operated Beaver Island Golf Course since it opened in 1965, but it is now looking for a private operator to improve the 18-hole course and make it a four-season operation.

“We believe bidding out to a private operator who has specific expertise in operating courses and is capable of responding to the changing demands of the golf market can provide a greater patron experience,” said Angela Berti, marketing and public affairs coordinator for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Western New York district.

The state is seeking bids for an operator who will oversee the course’s operations for five years. The winning bidder also will run the pro shop and food and beverage operations.

Berti said the state is looking for a private-sector operator because the industry has become more competitive. Within 30 miles of Buffalo, there are more than 90 public and private golf courses, according to GolfDigest.com.

“It has become more competitive and changing all the time,” Berti said. “We want to make sure our patrons are having a first-class experience when they golf at Beaver Island.”

Furthermore, Berti said the state also wants to expand the course’s offerings and its season to a year-round operation with cross-country skiing in the winter and other activities.

The bids are due by 2 p.m. Nov. 21. The new operator will take over Jan. 1.

With the change in operators, the state will still approve any rate increases and other changes to the course, Berti said.

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