What a neighbor calls “the barbarian attempt to develop the municipal golf course” has been thwarted–at least for the moment. Faced with two competing proposals for Huron Hills Golf Course–turning it over to a nonprofit group, or converting half of it to a driving range and pro shop–the city rejected both. City council and staff brainstormed other options–soccer fields, converting the rolling hills to walking trails, letting the land go natural–but eventually decided to stick with the status quo. “When we submit the [fiscal 2012] budget which council will approve in May, it will be submitted with Huron as a golf course,” says parks and recreation manager Colin Smith. Smith hopes to shrink the course’s losses by getting more people golfing. “We’re going to focus on seniors and kids,” he says, with a new parent- (or grandparent-) and-child instruction class and kids-play-free Sundays (with a paid adult). In a clever promotional twist, Huron Hills opened for the season on St. Patrick’s Day with a “Go for the Green” special. Says Smith, “I think the marketing is working.”