Tee Time Halted for Local Golf Courses

Local Golf Courses

KIMT News 3 – Scott Campbell has been working as a Greenskeeper for 18 years at the Garner Golf and Country Club.

But this year’s winter is taking its time to leave, which means his job, is halted for the time being.

“Well when you compare to last year we were mowing rough this weekend last year which is six weeks ahead of schedule,” said Campbell.

Campbell says nothing can be worked on quite yet.

“There won’t be a whole lot more for us as Greenskeeper have to do, we still have to wait for the ground to warm up and the grass to start growing,” said Campbell.

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But the course being ready isn’t the only thing to be worried about.

Getting golfers on to the course is a “hole” problem in itself.

“Its financially it’s been a struggle golf participation is down and as far as maintaining the golf course expensive are up,” saidCampbell.

But it’s not just this golf course that’s been struggling for the spring season and financially it seems to be a growing trend around the area.

Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Clear Lake knows how hard running a golf course can be.

“Couple years ago the old organization that was running the golf course decided they could no longer do it, so they told the city that we need some help. The city agreed after a lot of discussion to buy the course,” said Tom Lovell, President of Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

He says having the city buy them out was the only way to stay alive.

“For Clear Lake it was really important thing to do and I know other communities are struggling. Golf has not grown its kind of stagnated,” said Lovell.

And Garner is looking into the same option.

So for now, besides trying to keep up to par, many courses are hoping when tee time comes, so do the golfers.

“Come on out and golf,” said Campbell.

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