Elkhart municipal golf course closed over budget constraints

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 Posted 10/20/2012 7:09:55 AM
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Elkhart municipal golf course closed over budget constraints
Elkhart municipal golf course closed over budget constraints
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 Posted 10/20/2012 7:22:35 AM
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Perhaps, if they would have invested money in the course when they had it, fixed the fairways where you could easily lose a ball...

We quit playing the course for those reasons and others. $34 dollars for 18 holes is not that inexpensive when you consider the rest of the costs of play. Replacing golf balls that shouldn't have to be adds up quick. I guess if you consider a $75+ round of golf in Chicago, thats still not to bad.

The truth is you can find cheaper rounds at better courses all over the area.

I could list at least 10 things the superintendent could have done to improve the course and it wouldn't have cost him a dime. Probably would have saved  him some money and time in the long run. You know like not continually  mowing over weak areas on greens, used some of your herbicide to spray the crop of dandelions right in front of the first tee and the club house, I could go on and on about reasons no one played there through out the year.

I have a friend that lives less than 2 miles from there that is, to put it mildly, is an avid golfer. He doesn't play there for the same reasons I don't. It's just not a good golf course to play at when there are so many other choices.

It could have been one of the areas best. Thats lost on the City. Hopefully some private investors will see its worth, put the repairs that are needed in place and keep the prices down, so that we can go there without feeling like we just got screwed out of 40 bucks.

-an avid golfer, 10 handicap, 165 rounds last year. None at Oak Hills.
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 Posted 10/20/2012 7:40:16 AM
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Has the future of this property been determined? Perhaps if it is to be leased or sold the city could package it with Elliot Park. Now before you reply with why this package wouldn't work, understand I'm just being silly while pointing out this is not the only jewel bequeathed to the City outside of the City, that they've proven incapable of managing.
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 Posted 10/20/2012 10:55:43 AM
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There is rumor that interested parties may purchase.  As a councilman, I have yet to be informed of any plans.  I would have thought the course would remain open until lease options were explored.
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 Posted 10/20/2012 4:44:02 PM
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DHenke  just give a permit for the OWS tent campers to reside there.

Problem solved.

Uncle Royal will dig the illegal sewer line.


Edited: 10/20/2012 4:45:13 PM by Infidel
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The city needs to jump at the chance to unburden itself of this piece of nostalgia. It is a liability that needed to be eliminated along with those examples of government entertainment centers i.e. Tolson Center and etc. Let city government return to their purpose. Maintaining infrastructure, city services, fire and police departments. Get out of trying to be all things to all people. Let non profit groups and churches return to assisting their neighbors help neighbors to restore community pride and activities. They are better at this than government and are more effective in returning and maintaining community pride. Let these organizations enlist those sports programs that are the center of neighborhood pride. The parks should maintain the grounds of the city parks and let the private community find volunteers to fill the voids. Let private enterprize find outlets for forms of entertainment i.e. plays, concerts and etc. Profits are great temptations to get private enterprize involved. Elkhart needs to face the fact that the city cannot and should not be called upon to be a source of entertainment for the to bored to produce their own activities, masses. Once a city government decides to return to doing city business, the citizens will reap the rewards.
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 Posted 10/21/2012 4:22:03 PM
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JackN (10/21/2012)
In my career as an amateur golfer I have played on 4 US Open Golf Courses, three British Open Golf Courses, and 4 courses that have hosted PGA championships


Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ...
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