At the July 29 City Council meeting, the Council and Mayor Ralph Becker discussed a variety of options related to the City’s golf fund, which is not currently financially self-sustaining.
Mayor Becker presented a new proposal where the City would purchase small segments of golf course land not currently needed for golf using the City’s general fund. The small segments would be turned into general public Open Space. The Mayor indicated a willingness to continue a collaborative dialogue with the Council, but established a deadline of February 1, 2015, to arrive at a conclusion for how to go forward without an ongoing subsidy to support Golf operations. The Council then continued their discussion on a number of items, and straw polled support of the following:
- The Council confirmed support for a project that will irrigate Glendale and Rose Park Golf Courses with secondary water, will replace the irrigation system at Bonneville, and will establish a pilot well at Bonneville to see if sufficient secondary water is available at that location.
- Rather than fund a competition with prize money as had been discussed previously, the Council will solicit proposals from the community at large – any ideas to help the Golf Fund become more solvent are welcome.
A $1 per round fee increase will be a public hearing topic on August 12 at the Council’s 7:00 p.m. Formal Meeting. The increase would not apply to Junior Golf fees, and would be effective from September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015. The Council encouraged the Administration to publicize this fee increase as an opportunity for Salt Lake golfers to “vote with their wallets” and help support the City’s courses. While the fee increase does not single-handedly solve the Golf Fund’s financial issues, it does help in a small way. A vote on the increase may happen at the August 12 Formal Meeting.
Read a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the golf discussion.
To read the report conducted by a golf consulting firm in fall 2013, the accompanying paperwork for the Golf Course Study, including the City Council Staff report, the Administration’s proposal, and information from the consultant, download it here.