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South Mountain golf course up for sale

(SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) -- Salt Lake County will take a swing at selling its scenic South Mountain Golf Club.

With a budget stuck in the rough of a deep recession, the County Council decided Tuesday to put the unprofitable Draper course up for sale -- a move that Republican Councilman Jeff Allen hopes will rid the county of an investment that runs more than $1 million in the hole every year.

While the council agreed to put South Mountain on the market, it didn't commit to going through with the sale. Officials simply want to see any offers.

"We should at least take a look," Democratic Councilman Randy Horiuchi said.

Democratic Councilwoman Jenny Wilson cast the only opposing vote to posting a "For Sale" sign on South Mountain. Good luck finding a good price in this real estate market, she argued.

"I can't think of a worst time to sell our course," Wilson said. "Look at what properties are selling for compared to two or three years [ago]."

Whether someone offers to buy the 18-hole course at a good price -- hopefully near the $12 million the county currently owes -- Allen said information about how much it could bring on the market would serve the county well.

"I want to make sure a good decision can be made with all the options on the table," Allen said.

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