A long-awaited report on the future of the financially troubled Links golf course at Shell Cove will be presented to Shellharbour City Council on Tuesday night, but council staff have deemed its contents too sensitive for public release.
A range of options regarding the future of the course will be put to councillors, as the council "considers the possible divestment of a significant, valuable [and] strategic asset".
Council staff have recommended the public be excluded from hearing the debate over the golf course.
"Whilst any decision to sell such assets should be made in the public domain, early consideration of sales or alternative divestment strategies is best conducted in confidential session, to enable candid debate of commercial details, options and strategies and to protect the public interest and the debate, from the influence of vested interests at this early stage of consideration," council staff wrote in a note in Tuesday night's business papers.
The Links, which continues to cost Shellharbour ratepayers more than $300,000 a year, has been described as "underperforming to an unsustainable degree".
The council took over the operation of the course in 2008 after it evicted the previous long-term lessee, Shellharbour Links.
In May 2011 the council started its search to find an operator for the golf course, however earlier this month the council revealed it was dealing with just one entity in its bid to outsource the operations of the golf course after two other proponents withdrew from the tender process.
The council's most recent public valuation of the golf course was $21 million.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said as far as she was concerned "all options were on the table".
"I'm not keen on selling it ... I would hate to sell," Cr Saliba said.
Options previously floated have ranged from a full sale, part sale or long-term lease, through to installing poker machines in the hotel and constructing a motel on council land neighbouring the hotel.