New Operator Chosen to Run DeBell Golf Course / Restaurant


Staff of the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department has selected Touchstone Golf, LLC as the new operator of the DeBell Golf Club.

In a memo from Parks and Recreation Director Judy Wilke to Burbank City Manager Ron Davis, Touchstone Golf was picked after an extensive selection process which included interviews, site visits, and reference checks. “Touchstone has a 12 year track record of success and cost effectively managing golf courses, delivering a first-class experience for golfers, providing a stimulating workplace for employees, and optimizing operational and financial outcomes for the golf course owners.” according to the memo.

Touchstone will provide management of the 18 hole golf course, par three golf course, driving range, as as the food and beverage facilities. They will also handle the landscape and golf maintenance. In the also oversee hiring of personnel and marketing, oversee accounting and payroll and bring in special events and tournaments.

While an agreement has not been finalized yet and must go in front of the city Council, the terms of the contract is for five years with an option for an extension of additional five years. Touchstone will pay the city of Burbank $8,000 per month for their services with the terms of the agreement not to change for 10 years. A revenue-sharing component is still being discussed were Touchstone would be eligible to earn 15% of any increases in annual net operating income over the prior year.

Touchstone has agreed to keep the golf fees and membership programs at the same price until they have reviewed all of the pricing. Any proposed change in fees will need to be approved by the city Council. All current golf course, food and beverage,  landscape and maintenance employees will have the opportunity to  keep their jobs. A general manager, golf professional, food and beverage director and golf course superintendent will also be established for DeBell.

Wilke expects to have the negotiations finalized for the City Council’s meeting on November 27. If the Council agrees Touchstone can start operations as soon as December 1.