The Sioux Falls City Council approved a resolution Tuesday evening, allowing Landscapes Golf Management to apply for and purchase the two liquor licenses the city set aside for them last month.
The amendment to the management agreement between LGM and the city comes as one in a series of changes among the city’s liquor license laws this year.
Don Kearney, the director of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation, said LGM regularly receives requests for liquor to be available for events, and that local courses were at a “competitive disadvantage.”
The licenses will be held by Elmwood and Prairie Green golf courses, both of which will have to pay the $240,646 fee for an on-sale liquor license. If and when the agreement between the city and LGM is terminated, the licenses must be transferred to either the city or the new golf course manager.
With the approval of the resolution Tuesday night in a 6-0 vote, the golf courses will begin serving liquor Sept. 1.
Landscapes’ Justin Arlt said the company expected to “conservatively” recoup the cost of each license in three to five years, following a question from Councilor Marshall Selberg.
“After that, obviously, we see it’ll pay dividends and help,” Alrt said.