As city officials take up the process of revamping the financially strapped DeBell Golf Club, they have so far declined to say whether they favor a recommendation to overhaul a management structure that was called inefficient by an outside consultant.
The recommendation from the National Golf Foundation comes as two of the three main operators at the municipal golf course could soon be on month-to-month contracts, making a change easier to make.
In the draft report, Burbank officials were encouraged to consider consolidating management under one operator — a move that would reduce overhead and improve the economic performance of the club, according to the draft report.
The golf oversight committee, which met to discuss the recommendations on Wednesday, steered clear of the management issue, but it has lingered over the entire process ever since city parks officials acknowledged that the course had been losing about $300,000 annually in recent years. The news caught the City Council off guard and prompted an unpopular $2-million rescue package and a fresh round of oversight.