County wants state-owned course reopened

County officials in southern Ohio are set to meet with state parks officials this week to try to get answers about last summer’s closing of the Shawnee State Park Golf Course.

Scioto County Commissioners have been trying for months to get a meeting with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Commissioner Bryan Davis told the Portsmouth Daily Times newspaper.  “The commissioners have been steadfast in our desire to keep the golf course open from day one,” he said.

The 18-hole state-owned course along the Ohio River about 2 hours east of Cincinnati, was built in 1980, and was one of six golf courses in the state parks system – the others being at Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Punderson, and Salt Fork.

County commissioners say they were not notified ahead of last June’s announcement that the course would be sold – with a stipulation that the course be reopened and operated as a golf course for three years. A request for bids closed in August, but the course was never sold because no successful bidder emerged.

But county commissioners told the newspaper they felt that the normal required processes for transferring public property to private ownership were not followed.

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