Rhinelander City Council lets go of golf pro, seeks outside management for Northwood Golf CourseSubmitted: 12/11/2017
Rhinelander City Council lets go of golf pro, seeks outside management for Northwood Golf Course
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

RHINELANDER - Monday night the Rhinelander City Council made a big decision it hopes will bring more success to the Northwood Golf Course.

The Council voted 7 to 1 to end its restaurant lease with Dave O'Melia, and to let golf pro Dan Buckley go. The council will begin looking for an outside management company to handle the course.

Alderman Alex Young argued that, while he doesn't believe the course's debt is Buckley's fault, action needed to be taken.

"Bringing in an outside expert that can manage this course and probably has some expertise in this we don't have is the answer to this, or at least a step in the right direction," said Young. "We've had 10 years around this table to come up with a solution and, guess what, it hasn't happened. If it's going to happen, it's not going to come from here." 

More than a dozen community members came out in support of Buckley.

Despite the loss of his job, Buckley still wishes the city success with the Northwood Golf Course.

"Oh, I hope it continues on but, you know, they have to be realistic of what it's going to take," he said. "I don't think they're there. They're going to have to invest, they're going to be surprised. They've got a tough row to hoe."

Buckley says he's too young to retire and plans to look for another job.

During the meeting, the Council also unanimously approved a permit to allow the Rhinelander Brewing Company to build a brewery with a tap room, retail store, and museum on Brown Street.

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