City issues Request for Proposals for the management and operation of Lake Padden Golf Course

Current operator lease to expire at end of year

August 10, 2017 - by Leslie Bryson, Parks and Recreation Director

The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting proposals to provide operation and maintenance of its municipal golf course located at Lake Padden Golf Course, 4882 Samish Way in Bellingham.

The City-owned Lake Padden Golf Course opened in 1971 and is currently operated through a lease agreement that expires at the end of 2017. Consequently, the City is issuing a Request for Proposals to seek an experienced municipal Golf Course Operator to enter into a management services contract or lease with a management company, team, or individual who would assume the management and operational responsibilities for all golf course club house operations, including golf professional staff, pro-shop facilities, the restaurant facilities, driving range, and golf school, as well as all of the grounds and facility maintenance.

Rated by Golf Digest as one of the best municipal courses in the state, Lake Padden Golf Course is a beautiful, par 72, 18-hole, championship golf course with a loyal following of local golfers. Revenue generated at the golf course is used to support the City’s maintenance obligations for the course and to offer golf services to the community.

“Lake Padden Golf Course is one of our valued  community assets,” Mayor Kelli Linville said. “We hope to get a variety of responses to our Request for Proposals.”

Interested parties can view the proposal at the City’s Purchasing website.

All inquiries related to the RFP should be directed to:

Media Contact

​Leslie Bryson

Parks and Recreation Director


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