City signs deal with Wolf Ridge

Amanda Corbin
Staff Writer

“We’re going to give it a chance and make it the best it can be for the kids,” said Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley after the City of Poteau agreed to pay Wolf Ridge Country Club $2,500 per month to allow children access to the 18-hole golf course located near Poteau.

Passes to play can be purchased for $2 per day or $25 a year at City Hall or at Wolf Ridge. Wolf Ridge provides equipment, and Shockley said children already have taken advantage of the new agreement. The passes are for children age 5 to 18. The contract was entered into June 15.

In the contract’s premise, it reads, “Recognizing that the city’s swimming pool is no longer open, the city is seeking to provide alternative outdoor activities for the children of the city and surrounding area.”
Poteau High School boys golf coach Mike Thomas voiced his disagreement with the contract at the hearing. He said Choctaw Country Club, a nine-hole course also located near Poteau, offers camps and discounted prices to play or join at the club. Other opponents said Wolf Ridge should offer discounted passes without the city’s involvement, or the city should have hosted a bidding process between the two courses.

The council had already voted to go ahead with the agreement in this month’s City Council meeting prior to the hearing, although the vote split five yes, three no. No votes were from councilmen Monte Shockley II, Tommy Robertson and Jim Sommers.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of the Poteau Daily News.