The Columbia Association lowered the curtain on one of its longest-running recreation projects Monday night when the board of directors voted 6 to 3 not to rebuild the old Allview Golf Course.

The action came after the board, which consists of the Columbia Council and the association president, Padraic Kennedy, rejected an offer by the The Rouse Co. to contribute $513,000 toward the $4.4 million project and to renovate the course's clubhouse. In exchange, Rouse would have kept all profits from food and beverage sales at the course.

The offer was the result of negotiations between Council Chairman Lanny Morrison and senior Rouse officials that began late last month after the council notified Columbia's developer that the project was in trouble.

At that time, the council had received information showing that cost projections for the course had exceeded the ceiling contained in a 1985 agreement transferring 162 acres of land owned by Rouse to the Columbia Association. The land had been the site of the former Allview Golf Course, but Rouse used some of the property to build homes while agreeing to put aside enough land for a new course. Under the terms of that transfer, the association promised to develop the land into another course.

Although the latest Rouse offer would have made up the difference between the project's total cost and the amount that the Columbia Association had set as a ceiling for what it would pay in the transfer agreement, several council members balked at the idea of turning over profits from food sales and clubhouse rentals to Rouse.

Their concerns were heightened when Morrison and Art Curtis, the Columbia Association staff member in charge of the project, revealed that the association would continue losing money on the course for at least 15 years, three years longer than had been anticipated. The revised figures were based on the lost revenue from concession sales and the assumption that the county government would be building a public course by 1995. The county released a private consultant's report last month showing a demand for a public course.

"If you took a poll, the majority of Columbia residents would be overwhelmingly opposed to using their lien money to build a golf course if they knew that the county was about to build one," said Charles Acquard, the representative from King's Contrivance.

Kennedy and board member Evelyn Richardson argued that the association should not base its decisions on a county action that is still only speculative. Kennedy also reminded the board that they had reaffirmed their commitment to build the course less than two years ago, when the project's costs had risen from less than $2 million to more than $3 million.

"We knew then that the golf course would not be a short-term investment," Kennedy said. "I don't want to have the kind of relationship {with the Rouse Company} where a council changes and a board changes, the vote changes."

A majority of the board members, however, were not swayed.

"It seems doomed to me at this point," said Kathryn Anderson, the representative from Town Center.

While board members said they would have preferred more time to mull over the proposal, they decided to go ahead with the termination notice because the contractor they had selected to build the course had to know by Tuesday whether the project would go forward.

In voting to terminate the agreement, a move that does not become final for 10 days, the board left open the possibility of futher negotiations with Rouse. Board members made it clear, however, that any overtures would have to come from Rouse officials, and even then they would receive these ambivalently.

At the end of more than two hours of debate, board member Robert Sorin turned to a Rouse official in the audience and made a final appeal.

"It seems like we're about to lose a golf course. Do you have anything to say that might save it?" Sorin asked.

"Not at this time," said Jerry Brock, the Rouse official.