City Of San Diego Paid $7.5 Million To Lease Mowers

The maintenance "building" at Torrey Pines, 2018

The maintenance "building" at Torrey Pines, 2018

The San Diego Union-Tribune's David Carrick reports on a grand jury finding that San Diego is not properly managing its corporate marketing partnerships and whether they are succeeding for the city.

Of note in the story is a deal made in connection to the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Turfstar is providing San Diego $7.5 million in cash and other contributions over 12 years, in exchange for the city agreeing to exclusively lease all mowers and other golf maintenance equipment from Turfstar.

Now, maybe this $7.5 million will help the maintenance crew move those leased mowers out of the 2008 U.S. Open tent and under a real roof, and maybe Turfstar is just breaking even on the deal, but that is one big loan for mowers.