Councilwoman Fowler proposes funding plan to sustain Metro Parks public golf courses
Louisville – In an effort to keep Metro Louisville’s public golf courses sustainable financially, Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) is sponsoring an ordinance calling for a modest increase in greens fees this year.
“I want everyone in the Louisville area to be able to enjoy our public courses. These courses are the hub of our communities, providing senior and junior programming close to their homes as well as golf scrambles supporting many of our nonprofits,” says Fowler.
The Councilwoman is proposing a modest $2 green fee increase at high utilized courses and $1 at all other courses. Additional changes include military discounts and senior age limits reduced to 60 years from 62 years old.
“The last time we had an increase to help sustain golf was in 2007 with a 50 cent increase every other year. However, we have just not kept up with the demands of maintenance and other repairs,” says Fowler. “In order to keep public golf courses open in underutilized areas we must ask the help of the more widely used courses.”
Under the proposed ordinance, here are the proposed fee increases:
Seneca and Charlie Vettiner will go from $14.50 to $15.50 on weekdays and $17 to $19 on weekends in the summer. In winter, $12 to $12.50 on weekdays, $13.25 to $14 on weekends.
At Sun Valley, Shawnee, Long Run and Iroquois in summer, the fee would go from $13.25 to $14 on weekdays and $15.75 to $17 on weekends. In the winter, $10.75 to $11 on weekdays, $12 to $12.50 on weekends.
At Bobby Nichols and Cherokee in summer the fee would go from $12 to $13 on weekdays and $13.25 to $14 on weekends. In winter, $9.75 to $10 on weekdays, $9.75 to $10 on weekends.
Finally, Crescent Hill’s Hill nine hole course in the summer would go from $13.25 to $14 on weekdays and $15.75 to $16. In the winter the fee would go from $10.75 to $11 on weekdays and $12 to $12.50.
“It is my belief that public courses provide a service to our communities and to make them sustainable we must provide that service as whole entity. This will bring the needed revenue to bring public golf as a whole into the black.”
The proposed ordinance has been assigned to the Metro Council’s Parks and Sustainability Committee which is chaired by Councilwoman Fowler. The Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 8th.