Dickinson Co. Conservation Board Votes To Sign 10-Year Lease Agreement To Brooks Management LLC To Run Brooks Golf

Fri 11-1-2019

(Okoboji)-- The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted Wednesday to sign a 10-year agreement with Brooks Management LLC to run Brooks Golf in Okoboji.

A committee of Conservation Board members, staff and Dickinson County supervisors reviewed the submitted proposals from management companies and recommended Brooks Management LLC be awarded the 10-year contract.

Dickinson County Conservation became owners of Brooks Golf in 2019 when an anonymous donor gave $3 million to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County, the non-profit fundraising arm for the Conservation Board, to purchase the course. The foundation then gave possession of the 230 acres, including the pro shop, clubhouse restaurant and maintenance structures to the Conservation Board. Minerva's Restaurant and Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center are separate entities and were not included in the transaction.

Part of the donation agreement was to place a conservation easement on the land protecting it from development in perpetuity. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is working the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation on the easement which will be finalized at the Conservation Board's November 13th regular meeting.