OB Sports takes over Tucson courses

By this time next month, OB Sports Golf Management will likely begin the task of digging the city of Tucson, Arizona’s golf operations out of an extremely deep financial hole.

More than a dozen management firms came a-calling when the city began its search for a private-sector operator, and OB Sports has been given the first crack at negotiating a contract. In return for an annual fee of $240,000, it’s promised to immediately boost the number of rounds played at the city’s five properties from around 180,000, the number they currently generate, to almost 189,900. By 2018, the company believes the number will increase to 205,471 and the courses will show a profit of roughly $713,000.

It’ll be a while before the city can cover its accumulated losses, however, because the Arizona Daily Star reports that the golf operation is currently $8 million in the red.


The city loses money on its bus system, and is really going in the tank on the light rail from UA to Downtown. These are amenities that help attract visitors, corporations, looking for a new home, and helpful to fill the needs of some or all of current residents. Golf Courses can do the same things for a growing urban area. Why then is the reclaimed water used to irrigate the Golf Courses charged at such a high rate?

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