Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

ADDISON - Local residents and area golfers alike have serious questions about the future of the currently closed Pinnacle Golf Club & Restaurant.

The nine-hole golf course and restaurant has been a favorite place for people to enjoy summer and fall months at the state park with its breathtaking views, but many people fear the park will remain closed all year.

Dan Keefe, a state parks spokesman, said the previous operator, Chris Ames, elected in late December not to return to manage the Pinnacle Golf Club & Restaurant.

“It was a business decision between Indian Hills (State) Golf Course and Pinnacle,” said Ames, who managed both golf clubs for the past several years. “I decided to go with Indian Hills.”

Keefe said state parks recently issued a new request for proposals to manage Pinnacle Golf Club & Restaurant.

“The RFP’s are due May 5,” Keefe said. “So we are hopeful this new RFP will identify a partner to help operate the course and the restaurant this season.”

Keefe said to this point there have been no responses to the RFP.

“We’re hopeful that this will identify someone (to run Pinnacle) for the season,” said Keefe, when asked what happens if no one responds to the RFP. “If no one responds, check with me May 5.”

Addison Town Supervisor Jack Thompson said he is hopeful someone will be able to manage the Pinnacle Golf Club & Restaurant this year.

“If not, it probably will have a negative effect on sales in the town,” Thompson said.

Keefe said other portions of Pinnacle State Park including picnic tables, pavilions, fishing, hiking on 11 miles of trails are currently open.