Starting in January, DeBell Golf Club will operate under a new management structure, relieving the city of day-to-day responsibilities, but the city-owned club is still grappling with a $600,000 backlog of capital improvements it cannot afford to make.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract with S.S. Golf, owned by Scott Scozzola, to oversee all club operations, including managing the golf course and restaurant operations, negotiating all maintenance and service contracts, developing a long-term capital improvement program and purchasing license and insurance for the facility.
The club’s restaurant, currently the Clubhouse Grill, will no longer be run by Shelly and Ray Lucero. Tom Shayman, the owner of Burbank Bar and Grill, will take over the restaurant, which will be renamed the Canyon Grill at DeBell.
Scozzola — who is currently the club’s director of golf — will lease the property from the city for $300,000 annually.
The move comes two years after the council voted to bail out the cash-strapped club, which had depleted its reserves constructing a $9.4-million clubhouse in 2007, shortly before being hit by the crippling economic recession.