FRONT ROYAL – The county once again is seeking a party interested in leasing and managing the Front Royal Golf Club.

The county has unsuccessfully attempted to lease out the golf course’s operations several times.

In the most recent attempt, the supervisors last month voted against leasing the course to the New Direction Golf Management, a deal in which the company would have assumed management for $100,000 annually from the county.

This would have put a cap on losses at the course that has operated at an average annual deficit of $136,000 since 2014.

Meanwhile, heirs of William and Agnes Carson – the couple who donated the course for public use– are claiming that the county is not the course’s rightful owner. In a civil lawsuit, heirs claim that the county was leased the property but did not receive its title. The matter is set for an Oct. 27 trial in Warren County Circuit Court.

When the Carsons donated the land in 1938, a deed stipulated that the land be used for recreational purposes including golf. The county has operated the golf course since 2005.

A request seeking interested parties states that “while it is the desire of the County and a current deed of restriction that the golf course continue to be used as a golf course, the County is willing to consider other proposals that provide recreation opportunities to the citizens of Warren County and enhance its tax base.”

County Administrator Doug Stanley said over the phone that perhaps if an interested party offers $1-$100 to operate the course, “then boom, there’s no additional cost to the county and that may be something that the board would accept.”

The golf course’s operational expenses were eliminated from the proposed county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, meaning the course will close if it is not leased.

“This might be the last opportunity for the golf club to stay a golf course,” Stanley said.

Proposals should be submitted in person or sent via a special post office courier to 220 N. Commerce Ave., suite 100, Front Royal, 22630 by 2 p.m. May 29.

Any proposals received after that deadline will be returned unopened.

Any questions should be directed to Stanley at dstanley@warrencountyva.net or 540-636-4600.

The full request for proposal can be viewed at https://www.warrencountyva.net/images/Procurement_Documents/RFP_FRGC_04.10.2020.pdf.

– Contact Josh Gully at jgully@nvdaily.com