Boiling Springs will stay open as it tries to rebuild the course over the winter, said City Manager Alan Riffel.

The city took possession of the golf course on Monday as part of a mutual termination agreement that ended the contract with JCLA Enterprises, LLC.

There will be a special city commission meeting held on tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the golf course. According to the agenda released late Wednesday afternoon commissioners will discuss approving or disapproving a management agreement between the city, Woodward Municipal Authority and Dunn Golf Group, LLC.

Plans are to rebuild the course between now and the spring.

The city manager asked that the public please be patient with them while they turn Boiling Springs into a better golf course.

"We want to make Boiling Springs a destination point for Woodward," he said.

City commissioners voted to terminate the contract with JCLA Enterprises during their Sept. 4 meeting due to the poor management that has caused severe damage to the greens.

"There's no doubt that the physical property is in a condition worse than it has ever been during my time here," Riffel said in an update to city commissioners during their most recent meeting on Monday.

The News took a tour of Boiling Springs on Tuesday and found that many of the greens were dead, and the fairways were covered with gofer holes.

"We are playing on temporary greens right now," Riffel said. "Which is why we have lowered the cost to play for now."

The city is honoring all memberships that have been paid for the year and will remain open during the reconstruction process, he said.

During the coming months, Riffel said the city plans "to keep the same hours, but the winter hours will be starting soon."

Currently the golf course is open for play from 8 a.m. until dusk 7 days a week.  However, after Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 4, the course will close at 5 p.m.

While out at the course on Tuesday, The News noticed signs saying the course will be closed on Mondays starting October 1, to allow for spraying and other work on the course without interrupting play.

Editor's Note: This story includes some updated information from the story that ran in Thursday's print edition of The News. It was updated and posted  Thursday morning.

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