Mayville voters could decide future of golf course

March 13, 2019
Waupun's Brenden Mock tees off on the par-3 16th hole at Mayville Golf Club during a WIAA Division 2 boys golf regional in May 2014. The city of Mayville has an offer on the table to sell the golf course to the company leasing it.

MAYVILLE — Mayville residents could get a say in what happens on the links.

Mayor Rob Boelk said that the company leasing the city-owned golf course, MGT Properties, is proposing an offer to buy the property outright. Marc Trott and Jeff Trott signed a three-year lease agreement to manage the course last March.

“We’re talking about if the city’s interested in selling it,” Boelk said. “We should probably put it out for a referendum.”

Boelk said that the earliest there could be a referendum on the course would be next April. He said that he would want to see some stipulations on any potential purchase, including that it would remain a golf course or otherwise the city would buy it back. He said it would be too early to really get into any other specific details like a final price.

“I think that’s the best, to have the residents of Mayville decide,” Boelk said. The city has not officially decided anything about the golf course yet.

MGT Properties did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

MGT signed the lease last year for $1 in year one, $8,000 in year two and $12,000 in year three. The $1 lease for the first year was with the understanding that the Trotts would invest $120,000 of their own money into the course.

In 2014, Horicon sold its golf course to a private party for $420,000 and included a restriction that required the property to remain a golf course for five years and that the city would have a right of first refusal if the property were put up for sale. The Horicon agreement called for no extra investment from the city and required the new ownership group to invest over $500,000. The Horicon Common Council approved the bid over another at that time.

The idea of selling the Mayville Golf Course has come up before. In 2015, MGT Properties said it would make an offer to purchase the land and real estate from the city. However, the members of a joint committee voted against exploring the idea.

The Mayville Golf Course, at 325 German St., was donated to the city in 1930 by the Mayville Golf Club. The 18-hole course is on 153 acres of property. The course also has a bar and grill, banquet facilities, a pro shop and other amenities.