Golfers who have played on City courses are encouraged to complete a survey as part of a study by the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The survey is available at City golf courses or online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: golf survey). The City has contracted with the NGF to conduct a sustainability study for Lincoln's municipal golf program. Golfers are encouraged to complete a survey for each golf course they played during the past year.
The NGF is looking at operations of the City's four 18-hole golf courses (Highlands, Holmes, Mahoney and Pioneers) and the 9-hole Ager Junior Golf Course. Study areas include fee structure, marketing, maintenance, clubhouse operations and capital improvement needs. NGF staff were in Lincoln during the week of May 6 for an initial review of the golf courses. The NGF also met with staff and contracted golf professionals as well as representatives of local golf organizations and the Lincoln Municipal Golf Committee, a subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
"During their visit, NGF staff told us Lincoln's program is facing the same pressures as golf programs across the country - the number of rounds played is stable or declining while operating costs continue to increase," said Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson. "NGF's initial impression is that Lincoln has quality municipal golf courses that are well utilized by the community. But we face challenges, including expense improvements such as replacing aging irrigation systems."
NGF is scheduled to issue draft recommendations in early August, and NGF staff will return to Lincoln to make a public presentation. Details will be announced at a later date.
More information on the Parks and Recreation Department and the municipal golf program is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.