OKOBOJI, Iowa (KUOO) – An iconic golf course in the Iowa Great Lakes is going to remain a golf course.
The Dickinson County Conservation Board met Wednesday evening and voted to keep Brooks Golf a golf course. But there are some details that still need to be worked out.
“So the next point is to go through a request for proposals from management companies,” said spokesperson Kiley Roth. “We will be finishing up the terms of the lease for the request for proposals this month and then the Conservation Board also needs to discuss the length of the lease and the number of holes, and then that will be put out for management companies to submit bids and what their plan is for the course in the future and then the Conservation Board will review those proposals and have a point system to rank them with the hope of establishing a contract by the end of 2019.”
The Dickinson County Conservation Board took ownership of Brooks Golf in March when an anonymous $3 million donation was given to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County, the non-profit fundraising arm of the Conservation Board, to purchase the course.
A stipulation was put in place protecting the land from development in perpetuity.
The Conservation Board is working with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation on an easement to that effect.
They hope to have it in place by this coming November.