As many as a dozen companies have expressed interest in managing and operating the three municipal golf courses in Amherst.
The town met with potential contractors last week to show off the facilities and answer questions before the Jan. 16 deadline for proposals.
Ten people who expressed early interest in submitting a proposal turned out for the meeting Tuesday, while the town has been talking by phone with two other out-of-state companies considering the opportunity, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. That department currently operates the three municipal courses.
“We anticipate getting back five to seven proposals,” said Councilmember Guy R. Marlette. “I think it’s pretty good. Our hope was that we would get at least a few proposals we could look at.”
Revenue from the three courses has not kept pace with what it costs the town to maintain and operate them.
Over the past 10 years, for example, the town saw a net loss of more than $2 million – or an average of $202,000 a year – running its three courses, with losses ranging from $21,500 in 2004 to as much as $375,000 in 2010, according to figures from the town Comptroller’s Office.