At long last, the Hesperia City Council will take up the question of what to do with the city's recently acquired golf course on Tuesday.

The city 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 a total of $4.2 million to obtain the associated 675 acre-feet of water rights. (The course cost $1.6 million and the water rights cost $2.6.)

During the often-contentious meetings, five suggestions emerged from the public:

Keep the course an 18-hole golf course,
Leave the property as-is until it's profitable enough to self-fund improvements
Implement a marketing or advertising plan to increase play
Reduce turf to conserve water
Maintain aesthetic improvements to the clubhouse and restaurant

"I can't make my decision before I have all the information, but I truly believe it should stay a golf course, because it's a benefit to the whole community," Councilman Thurston "Smitty" Smith said Friday.

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 steered the money-losing venture back into profitability. (The district also manages Hesperia Lake Park, which sits on land owned by the city.)

Golfers played 2,700 rounds of golf in June, according to park district general manager Lindsay Woods on Wednesday, and more than 2,600 rounds in July.

The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.