Casper to open search for golf professional at the municipal course

Justin Lema practices on the driving range at the Casper Municipal Golf Course. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Gary Marsh is the current golf professional at the Casper Municipal Golf Course.

His contract expires on Nov. 1.

The city plans to open up an RFP (Request for Proposals) process to contract a new golf professional.

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City Manager Carter Napier said that he wanted to ensure that transparency would guide such a process and contract. He said that Marsh could also see his contract renewed via the RFP process.

Parks Director Tim Cortez talked about aspects of the current arrangement which could use more transparency in response to a question from City Councilman Steve Freel.

He said that the current contract allows the golf professional to retain all earnings from the driving range and didn’t have to report these to the city. Cortez said that this along with a few other examples were the areas where some transparency was lacking in the contract.

Freel asked whether this type of arrangement was common at other golf courses.

Cortez said that the “vast majority” of other golf courses require golf professionals to at the very least report all of their earnings, even if they are able to keep all such earnings themselves.

Councilman Bob Hopkins said that a new contract with Landscapes Unlimited at Three Crowns Golf Course has so far been a success and that they bring detailed reports to the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board on a regular basis.

Marsh has been the contracted golf pro since 1979, Park Director Tim Cortez and Parks Manager Randy Norvelle say in a memo.

“The professional maintains schedules, directs course play, offers lessons, sells merchandise and is the main point of contact for our golf course,” they add.

The city council discussed the recommendation to open a new RFP during their Tuesday, Oct. 8 work session.

Saying they were in agreement with moving forward on such a process, city staff will prepare the RFP so that the city can begin to seek a new golf pro.