Bollen said the Parks Commission hired a consultant two years ago to evaluate the city-owned course and look at different management scenarios. The resulting 24-page report critiqued the course and recommended the city consider outsourcing its operation. Bollen said the report has been the impetus for the commission's decision to weigh other options.
"These were things we probably needed to be told to us as a city," he said.
Salem resident and course regular John Galaris said he supports the idea of seeking options but believes the course should be run by the city.
"I give the commissioners a pat on the back for doing their due diligence for going out and considering it," he said. "I don't think that's a bad idea at all."
While he said there's certainly room for improvement at Olde Salem Greens, the city reaps substantial revenue from it.
Salem's course generates about $550,000 a year in revenue and has about $330,000 in expenses, according to the city budget.