Columbus City Council votes to sell Otter Creek Golf Course

COLUMBUS – The City of Columbus city council voted unanimously to sell Otter Creek Golf Course to someone who can return it to its previous championship quality.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop said that the decision doesn’t necessarily mean the course will be sold, but the city wants to pursue the option.

The council decided to sell the golf course after a recommendation from the golf course’s oversight board to sell the facility. Board members said it isn’t possible for the city to make the capital investments to return the course to its former prominence, while still remaining financially viable.

The course, gifted to the city in 1964 by Cummins executive J. Irwin Miller and Cummins, serves as a destination golfing experience for the Midwest. But substantial improvements are needed to the golf course and clubhouse. Some of those repairs include cart paths, the irrigation system, erosion control, and tree removal. The clubhouse needs renovations inside and out and to its mechanical systems.

The city is seeking proposals from interested buyers.