For sale sign may soon hang on popular Kent golf course

KENT, Wash. -- The nine hole, par three golf course at the Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent may see a for sale sign soon.

The course, which is owned and operated by the City of Kent, is popular with kids, families and seniors, but it may not be popular enough. The complex is made up of a driving range, clubhouse and 18-hole course.

The city council is mulling the idea to sell the nine hole course to developers to help pay off a nearly $2.5 million debt and stem the tide of four years of losses at the complex.

To make the 18 hole course more friendly, there's a plan to add tee boxes to make the course shorter for golfers who need that.

There's also a plan to develop a couple of par 3 training holes in property adjacent to the driving range. These could be seen as moves to make up for the loss of the par-3 course.

Kent Parks Director Jeff Watling says a decision on the course could come by late Spring.

The Riverbend Golf Complex was established in 1989 but the nine hole, par three course was build in the late 1950's.