PORTLAND — The city will host an open house at Riverside Golf Course on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explain its efforts to improve the course.

The city had contracted the National Golf Foundation Consulting to examine operations at the course, which has been losing money in recent years.

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The NGF recommended the city either make investments into the course — including $1.1 million in clubhouse upgrades — as a public amenity, or lease operations to a private company.

On Thursday, City Manager Mark Rees told the City Council’s Finance Committee the city would continue operating the course.  

The city plans to better market the course; implement more youth programs; hire a professional golfer; and build a new club house on the South Course. Renovations are already underway at the North Course clubhouse.

The city also plans to launch a mobile app so golfers can book tee times, view a flyover of the course; track scores and remotely order a snack in the course restaurant. 

City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the new initiatives total $548,000.