City re­news Chi­nook Pro Shop con­tract with Koster for five years

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

Ken Koster will re­main a fix­ture at the Chi­nook Golf Course for the next five years af­ter the City of Swift Cur­rent re­newed his con­tract to pro­vide Pro Shop ser­vices and op­er­ate the restau­rant at the golf course.

At the Oc­to­ber 22 Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil ap­proved a new five year deal with Koster and KK Golf Man­age­ment to re­tain his ser­vices through to 2023.

Koster has been the Head Pro­fes­sional and Gen­eral Man­ager at Chi­nook for the past eight years, and he has over­seen the op­er­a­tion of the restau­rant for the past six years.

With their ex­ist­ing three year restau­rant con­tract ex­pir­ing in De­cem­ber, and the pro shop con­tact ex­pir­ing in 2019, City of­fi­cials met with Koster to dis­cuss both a new con­tract and ex­tend­ing their terms to five years.

“It is chal­leng­ing to find con­sis­tent and com­pe­tent in­di­vid­u­als (and com­pa­nies) to man­age a restau­rant that caters specif­i­cally to golfers and is a sea­sonal op­er­a­tion de­pen­dent on weather,” Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Dean Rob­son stated when pre­sent­ing the con­tract de­tails to coun­cil. “We have been for­tu­nate to have two very ex­pe­ri­enced restau­rant op­er­a­tors over the past 20 year at the Chi­nook Golf Course restau­rant. The past six years the City has been even more for­tu­nate to have an in­di­vid­ual man­age the pro shop and restau­rant who un­der­stands in­ti­mately the golf course in­dus­try as well as restau­rant op­er­a­tions.”

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