The Nemadji Golf Course comes under new management Dec. 1.

The Superior City Council approved a five-year agreement Tuesday, June 18, with Kemper Sports Management to operate and manage the city-owned golf course.

The company will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, sales and marketing, golf course maintenance, food and beverage, and membership sales, payroll and benefit administration, insurance, financial reporting and accounting, and all other related activities.

Annual operating budgets for the golf course will be submitted to the city for approval.

The management fee the city will pay is $84,000 for the first year with a 3% increase at the start of each subsequent year of the contract, and the city retains any net income or loss at the end of each operating year, according to the terms of the contract.

“They were well prepared, did a great presentation, so I will be happy if this passes, said Councilor Jack Sweeney, who served on the Nemadji Golf Course task force.

“I just like to thank the Finance Department, the golf course committee, everyone who put their time into getting this deal done,” Councilor Keith Kern said. “It’s going to be a tough transition; we knew it would be, but everything went really smoothly.”

Kern also thanked Mark Carlson and Steve Flagstaff for the decades they managed the course for the city.

Late last year, Carlson notified the city this would be the last season Nemadji Public Golf Course Inc., would manage the city-owned course. Carlson has managed the golf course since 1974, first as a hired manager before his company moved to a management agreement with the city in 2005.