The Rochester Park Board will receive an update on golf courses

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department will present four municipal golf course reports to the Park Board at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

According to Rochester Parks and Recreation, the concepts were developed through direction provided to city staff by a resolution passed by Rochester City Council on February 7, 2022.

The meeting will take place at the Mayo Civic Center in room 101 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No formal action will be taken during the meeting, it is informational only.

A presentation will focus on reports from Hadley Creek, Northern Hills and Eastwood golf courses. The Soldiers Field report was presented at the June park board meeting as part of the master plan update process.

Rochester Parks and Recreation said each of the reports will contain information about the opportunities and challenges associated with the repositioning of each course and the potential high-level future uses for each course. The review also includes options for retaining the four courses in addition to potential alternative uses, and programming strategies at each of the four golf course sites.

“We appreciate having the opportunity to use the park board meeting to ensure members and the community are informed as we move through upcoming engagement activities,” said parks and recreation manager Paul Widman. “This is the next step in the process requested by City Council following the review and analysis of municipal golf in our community by the National Golf Foundation.”

A request placed in the resolution passed by the City Council, which requests the exploration of the following elements for the golf program:

  • Maintain existing course complement and develop a strategy to fund the recommended $722,500 per year to support capital improvement projects and the appropriate level of annual operational support, as well as the cost of additional operations required (e.g., personnel maintenance, marketing, other service level improvements) to maintain course complement and better preserve the value of new investments in an improved system.
  • Optimize the Rochester Municipal Golf System by repositioning a course and a) assess the opportunities and challenges associated with repositioning each, and b) identify future high-profile uses for each, and c) assess the long-term financial impact term associated with maintaining or repositioning each.
  • Maintain existing course complement with current funding level and identify necessary service and user experience reductions over time.

A recording of the meeting will be available on the City website Wednesday.

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