Columbia Park Golf Course soon could be renamed Columbia Park Golf Links, if the Kennewick City Council adopts a city Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation.
The council previously decided to rename the golf course to try to change its image after CourseCo Inc. started managing the golf course Jan. 1.
The council decided to hold a renaming contest. The person who submitted the winning entry would receive free greens fees for a year.
Kennewick's Director of Project Management Chris-tina Palmer said Monday that the public submitted 410 names between March 11-16.
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A committee narrowed the choices to three -- Columbia Park Golf Links, Sacagawea Golf Links and Kennewick Golf Links.
Residents were asked to pick a top choice of the three names. Of 153 votes cast, 64.3 percent chose Columbia Park Golf Links, 20.3 percent chose Sacagawea Golf Links and 16.3 percent chose Kennewick Golf Links.
But Palmer said because part of the goal was to come up with a creative name, she offered renaming the golf course River's Edge at Columbia Park.
She said 96 people had suggested names with the word "river" in them, including 36 that had suggested "river's edge."
She said after the meeting that staff members had come up with the River's Edge at Columbia Park alternative.
Commissioner Rich Ward said he thought the point of the contest was for the city to choose a name suggested by a resident.
He asked if renaming the golf course the River's Edge at Columbia Park would make it easier to market it.
Commissioner Patt Salisbury said, in her limited experience with branding, she believed the goal of branding is to build on a name people are familiar with but to add something new to that concept.
Commissioner Mark Reed said it seemed like the city had asked people to suggest and vote on a name and now the commission was being asked to consider a different name.
"That doesn't make any sense to me," he added.
Commission Chairman Ben Rutledge agreed and moved that the commission recommend the name Columbia Park Golf Links to the council.
"We went out and got information from the community and that's the input we want to stick with," he said.
The commission unanimously passed his motion. The council will make a final decision on renaming the golf course at its April 5 meeting.