The town of Apple Valley expects their much-beleaguered golf course will be back in the black next year, in part because staffers suggest that Hesperia's competing course could shut down.


The town council voted to close escrow on the Apple Valley Golf Course this week. Rather than the expected deficit of $606,460 in the coming year, Apple Valley officials said the course could instead generate a $279,540 profit.


Part of the reason for the staff's optimism was spelled out in a report given to the town council: "Hesperia's course may close."


That's unlikely, according to Hesperia city councilman Russ Blewett.


"Don't hold your breath," Blewett said Friday. "I don't see it happening."


The city has conducted a series of meetings this summer to get public input on the future of the Hesperia Golf & Country Club. Hesperia purchased the course last year for $4.2 million to obtain the associated 675 acre-feet of water rights.


"It's still up in the air, but in my opinion, there hasn't been any other suggestion that's come out of the meetings other than it remain a golf course," said Blewett. "You couldn't develop on it, because it's actually a flood plain and I don't think we want to turn it into a weed patch."


The Hesperia Recreation and Park District has managed the course while the 54-year-old course's future is being evaluated. District officials have reportedly hooked the money-losing venture back into profitability. (The district also manages Hesperia Lake Park, which sits on land owned by the city.)


"The partnership has worked out very well," said Blewett. "They operate in the black and they do a good job."


As for Apple Valley's idea that their course will face less competition once the city council makes its decision later this year, Blewett says the town's officials shouldn't get their hopes up.


"Frankly, I can't see any direction other than it being a golf course," said Blewett.


Staff writer Brooke Edwards contributed to this report.


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