GIRARD, KS.--- The overall observation of OGI's report states there is a significant communication and conflict issues existing among the various stakeholders and groups. The nine hole golf course is located just two miles east of the Girard city limits. The seven page report defines the stakeholders as the city council, the golf course staff, and members of the golfing public. The report says financial records of golf operations needs more clarity and transparency. It describes golf course staff operations as awkward and unstable, which results in communication breakdowns and poor performance.
At the end of the report, Oak Golf Inc. states: "The goverance chain of command of the golf operation is dysfunctional. Decision makers have little or no working knowledge of golf operations." It goes on to say: "It is our recommendation that the City of Girard seriously consider outsourcing the management of the golf operation to an experienced and reputable golf management company."
Girard Council Member Melody Cherry says the city wants to do what is best for the golf course. "We're just trying to look at our policies and our statements and make sure that there isn't any adjustments that we need to make. Just so that we can do a better job and do the best job that we can for the golfers and the residents of Girard," said Melody Cherry, Girard Council Member.
The report adds that golf course rules are presented in a negative format and are not customer friendly. A golf employee at the Crawford Hills Girard Municipal Golf Course denied to make a comment on the report. The report and the future of the golf course is scheduled to be discussed during the Girard City Council meeting September 8th.
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