Pope Golf gets Manatee approval

It is finally official. Pope Golf of Sarasota has been approved by the Manatee County Commissioners as the management company of two Manatee County municipal courses --- Buffalo Creek and the Manatee County Course.

Pope Golf owner Keith Pope said his company will begin operating the two courses Oct. 1.

He also said he plans to redo the greens in the next couple of years.  Under his contract with Manatee County, Pope Golf is obligated to pay the county $2.7 million over the next five years in lease payments, plus $1.4 million in improvements.manatee_cc.jpg

In addition, Pope said he will give the current Manatee County employees preferential treatment in the hiring process.

The good news for golfers is that he doesn't plan any significant rate increases.


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