City golf course revenue down 11 percent in 2017

City golf course revenue down 11 percent in 2017

The Madison parks superintendent said that he anticipates the four city municipal golf courses will be open in 2018 despite a disappointing 2017.

Parks superintendent, Eric Knepp, said in 2017 the total revenue for municipal golf courses was $2.8 million, which is down 11 percent from last year.

He said nearly all of the money lost is attributed to Yahara Hills’ lost revenue after they were closed for extended periods of time due to wet conditions.

Knepp said there is a need and demand for golf in Madison, and closing one of the courses would be a huge loss.

Ranging from 35 to 40 percent of the total rounds played in our system are played at Yahara so we recognize that a closure, there partial or full, would have a significant impact on a large number of golfers,” Knepp said. “We fully anticipate the 2018 season operating all 72 holes at all four courses.”

Staff from the golf subcommittee will prepare a business plan which will be presented at the Board of Park Commissioners in January.

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