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Chico's public golf course to sell alcohol

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 08:26:45 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 08 2014 08:49:07 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

The Bidwell Golf Course can now sell alcoholic beverages to its customers.

It's likely to generate a lot of revenue for the city.

Golfers and management at the course were ecstatic when the vote came down from the Chico City Council.

Managers believe this will bring a lot more money in and add more jobs.

"It's been a long time coming," said general manager of Bidwell Golf Course, Courtney Foster.
     
The city council voted 5-2 to allow the golf course to sell alcohol to its many patrons.

"If people will play more games at the golf course they might stay longer," said Councilman Randall Stone.  "They'll stay in a hotel if they come to visit.  Anything we can do to enhance 'Destination Chico' is important."

It's believed it will also attract more events at the course.
     
"With the increase of alcohol, there's a bigger percentage paid to the city," said Foster. "That's a big draw.  It's a stumbling point where you talk about golf tournaments or hosting one here, we get to the alcohol and it ends."

There's still one rule in effect, no outside alcohol allowed onto the course.
     
"That's an ABC [Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control] licensing issue," said Foster.  "So it'll be our responsibility to monitor that.  We will be able to control any alcohol being used on the golf course."
     
Management said they have already started making plans to build a bar inside the snack shop and will apply for their liquor license soon.
     
"I've been in the business for 30 plus years, and I never been at a facility or ever heard of a facility that didn't have it," said Foster.

Management is hoping to start selling alcohol in two to three months.