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Chomonix golf course in Lino Lakes staves off closure, will continue to operate

Chomonix was given three years to prove it could survive.

Plans to potentially replace a Twin Cities golf course with other recreational amenities have been halted after the course passed a test of survival. 

In January 2019, Anoka County Parks informed community members of Chomonix Golf Course's financial struggles, saying the 18-hole course in Lino Lakes had been losing money since 2014 and keeping it open another five years would cost taxpayers approximately $1.5 million.

Plans were readied to replace the golf course with an outdoor recreation area that would've include an archery range, mountain bike course and picnic pavilion. But a proposal at a later board meeting led to a three-year pause on the closure to see if new leadership could revive the struggling business. 

The approximately three-year evaluation ended this month, and the Anoka County Board of Commissioners announced July 13 that new course leadership found ways to grow memberships, programs and green fees. The new plan generated revenues that can continue offsetting operating costs, the board announced. 

“Current golf leagues, members, and players are now assured that Chomonix Golf Course is positively moving forward into the future,” said District 5 Anoka County Commissioner Mike Gamache, in a release. 

District 6 Anoka County Commissioner Jeff Reinert said changes instituted in 2019 have led to "sustainable operations at the golf course." 

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