WEST BOUNTIFUL -- City leaders here had to look no further than next door to find a familiar face and a former employee to manage its Lakeside Golf Course.
"West Bountiful city is delighted to introduce Paul Holden as the new director of golf at Lakeside Golf Course," City Administrator Duane Huffman said.
Holden will start with the city effective Monday, Sept. 9.
"(Holden's) vision for Lakeside as a community-oriented course, his commitment to quality customer service, and the high level of professionalism he brings will combine to create an exceptional golfing experience at Lakeside," Mayor Kenneth Romney said.
Holden replaces former Lakeside golf pro Kelly Class, who had been employed with the city for nearly 20 years.
Class left the position after he had been placed on paid administrative leave by city leaders for about five weeks until an investigation and a "settlement agreement," containing a confidentiality clause between the city and Class, could be reached.
An administrative investigation was requested after accusations were made that Class had made verbal threats to another employee.
Romney said the city on June 26 received a signed settlement agreement from Class. One condition in the agreement was that neither party would discuss the settlement with the media.
Since that time, West Bountiful has been searching for a replacement to oversee its 18-hole course at 1201 N. 1100 West.
Holden got his start more than 15 years ago at Lakeside, helping with the driving range, Huffman said.
Since then, Holden has gained years of experience in all aspects of managing a golf course, having recently served as the head golf professional at the Valderra Golf Club in St. George, and more recently having served as the assistant golf professional at the neighboring Eaglewood Golf Course in North Salt Lake.
West Bountiful has recently made many improvements at Lakeside, including upgrades to the pro shop, a new parking lot and enhanced course design and maintenance, Huffman said.
"Word is spreading throughout the region that West Bountiful is a great place to play golf. (Holden's) leadership and relationship with the golfing community is coming at the perfect time to build on this momentum," Huffman said in a prepared statement.
The city has owned the course since the early 1980s, officials said.