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Chomonix Golf Course in Lino Lakes could close, be replaced by outdoor recreation area

A decision is expected in February.

Chomonix Golf Course in Lino Lakes could be on the brink of closing. 

The 18-hole course known for its narrow fairways, lush conditions and occasional deer sighting has been losing money for years, according to Anoka County Parks, which owns and operates it.  

Anoka County Parks sent a flier to community members in Lino Lakes that says the course could be replaced with an outdoor recreation area as soon as next month. 

"The declining number of rounds can't cover the costs associated with operations, forcing Anoka County to use property tax dollars from all residents to subsidize the golf game of a few," the flier says. 

"Because of this, we have plans to immediately repurpose Chomonix Golf Course by creating a multi-purpose, year-round, outdoor recreation area that will be more heavily utilized than the course." 

Anoka County says it's no longer financially responsible to run Chomonix, noting that the course has a $642,000 operating deficit since 2014. Keeping it open will cost local taxpayers $1.64 million over the next five years, the county argues. 

The City of Lino Lakes is considering taking control of the course and has until Feb. 1 to decide. If the city doesn't take it over, Anoka County plans to immediately begin repurposing it into an outdoor recreation area, which would include a single-track mountain bike course, archery range and picnic pavilion. 

Jeff Perry, Anoka County Parks director, says all outstanding gift certificates will be "addressed fairly" if the golf course is closed. 

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"I anticipate a final decision will be made by the Anoka County Board in February," Perry wrote in an email to a concerned community member, who shared it with Bring Me The News. 

A Facebook group called "Stop Chomonix Golf Course Closing" blames elected officials for mismanaging the business, saying they "lacked oversight and accountability" and is urging Chomonix supporters to contact elected officials in Anoka County and asking them to find solutions to keep it open. 

There will be an Anoka County board meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 22) to further discuss what's happening. 

Here's a copy of the flier sent to Lino Lakes residents. 

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