Chuck Corica Golf Complex

Two candidates vying to operate the Chuck Corica Golf Course pitched their proposals at a City Council hearing Tuesday, causing one audience member to change her mind on the spot about which proposal she preferred. After hearing from the current interim course operator, KemperSports, and from Greenway Golf, Alamedan Karen Bey said she came to support Kemper but after hearing Greenway’s proposal she supported its plan instead.

The next chapter in Alameda’s long-running golf saga is set to be writ tonight when the City Council is expected to tell city staffers how they feel about a pair of proposals from companies seeking to become the long-term operator of the Chuck Corica Golf Course.

The two finalists for the job, Greenway Golf and KemperSports, which has run the complex on a temporary basis since 2010, will present to the council for their input tonight. Assistant City Manager Lisa Goldman said city officials hope to negotiate with both companies.

Alameda's City Council voted early this morning to nix a proposal to swap the Mif Albright golf course to developer Ron Cowan for cash and land he owns nearby and to direct city staff to negotiate with two firms for a management contract at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The swap proposal fell on a 5-0 vote, drawing cheers from opponents who packed council chambers.

Less than a year ago, local youth sports leader Pat Bail was anything but complimentary about developer Ron Cowan’s proposal to build homes on the Mif Albright golf course in exchange for cash and land he owns on North Loop Road that would be used for new sports fields.

“If Ron Cowan wants to buy off the sporting community, in my mind he’s going to have to pay a lot more than $3 million (for fields), because that’s not going to do it,” said Bail, who said the Alameda Youth Sports Coalition she founded backed efforts to lease the course to a nonprofit. “The Alameda sporting community wants fields, but not at the cost of what’s right.”