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Green Hills Golf Course Name Change Being Discussed

Updated 02/28/18 - Chillicothe City Council members tabled discussions about the proposed name change of the city-owned Green Hills Golf Course to Litton Ranch Golf Club Monday night and will revisit the matter later this year. The council chose not to make a decision Monday because Mayor Chuck Haney and Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard were not present at the meeting. Council members had discussed the name change for the last several weeks and postponed making a decision at their previous meeting because Councilman Tom Douglas was not present and because there had been some concern raised that those who worked to establish a public golf course nearly 30 years ago had not been asked for input regarding the name change. It was determined that postponing a decision until the next council meeting would be too late to make changes for the 2018 season.

Council Meeting 02/26/18 - Chillicothe City Council members are slated to revisit the proposal to change the name of Green Hills Golf Course to Litton Ranch Golf Club when they meet for their regular city council meeting tonight. The idea was proposed in January by the city's contracted management company to provide a unique identity to the city-owned golf course that was once part of the Litton Charolais Ranch. Josh Black, with Great Life, presented the idea of changing the name of Green Hills Golf Course to Litton Ranch Golf Club in January and returned for the council's meeting two weeks ago. He noted that the idea for the name change was proposed by Great Life to market the historical connection and story of the land. He said that the suggested name change was not made by the Litton Family Foundation; but did say that the foundation supported the idea when it was presented. During the council's meeting two weeks ago, Councilman Wayne Cunningham stated that he had received a call from someone who expressed displeasure that members of the original group which was the driving force behind developing a city-owned golf course were not contacted and that they would like to be involved in discussions about changing the golf course's name. Councilman Reed Dupy stated that he was opposed to the rebranding. Councilman Denny Albertson said that he had heard only positive feedback concerning the rebranding. Members of the original golf course group were to be contacted and asked for their input because the matter would be put on tonight's agenda. Discussion will take part during the council's regular meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Council Meeting 02/12/18 - Chillicothe City Council members are considering changing the name of the city's 18-hole golf course from Green Hills Golf Course to Litton Ranch Golf Club. The proposal comes from Great Life, which contracted with the city last year to manage the city-owned course. Company representative Josh Black introduced the idea during the council's workshop meeting in late January. "His thought is that there are so many things named Green Hills," said City Administrator Darin Chappell. Litton Ranch is something unique to Chillicothe, and the golf course was constructed on land that once was part of the Litton Charolais Ranch. "It might be better to draw on that historical, cultural context, which is unique to Chillicothe," Chappell said. "It's not generic like 'Green Hills.'" Chappell noted that the Litton Family Foundation had been contacted and is supportive of the proposed name change. Council members are scheduled to discuss the proposal and possibly vote on the new name during the their regular meeting tonight at City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. If approved, the new branding will be implemented on the course's promotional materials.

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