2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Parks and Recreation (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

The vision to consider Topgolf was conceived by 4th District Supervisor, the Honorable Curt Hagman in early 2017. From there, the Director of Real Estate Services for San Bernardino County working with the CEO of San Bernardino County, developed a strategy to pursue Topgolf with the objective of securing a long-term public/private partnership deal with Topgolf on approximately 13.7 acres of undeveloped and unmonetized County Parks land in Ontario adjacent to Guasti Regional Park that would go to the benefit of the County Parks system of regional parks located throughout the County. The strategy to pursue Topgolf entailed obtaining Board of Supervisors approval in April, 2017 to retain Jones, Lang, La Salle (JLL) to assist the County in pursuing and securing a deal with Topgolf. This was the only outside technical consultant that the County retained. Internal San Bernardino County departments who assisted the Real Estate Services Department in helping put together the deal with Topgolf included the CAO Office, Regional Parks, Land Use Services and County Counsel. The City of Ontario and the City of Rancho Cucamonga also played important roles once the deal was put together and being developed.