EL DORADO,Ark.– Finances have been in the bunker for the last decade at the Lions Club Municipal Golf Course, and the city wants to restructure.
The Public Works Director says in 2004, there were 17,000 rounds of golf played at the course.
It is now down to 8,500 this year.
“Fifteen years ago, from what I understand, The Lions Club operated in the black, just over the last ten or 12 years there’s been a decline in those golfers, and that’s just killed revenue,” Robert Edmonds, Public Works Director said.
The City Council, deciding not to renew the course’s golf pro’s contract, looking to make an economic decision.
His responsibilities, instructing players and operating the business to name a few.
Now, they are looking to hire a manager.
“As far as what a manager would do, he would do a lot of the same things that the golf pro would do,” Edmonds said. “It’s just that, that pay structure would be different.
With two other privately owned courses in town, some think that contributes to declining numbers.
But many remain faithful.
“It is very beneficial for a lot of people especially retired people, and even for young kids that come out here a lot.” Dennis Manus, Golfer said.
Saying there are ways to turn things around.
“It does need to make money, and there are ways that it can make money,” Gage Parker, Pro-ShopI believe that we can cut down some of the fees that are out here.”
They agree that golf brings them together.
“It’s not just all about golf; it’s about life as well,” Parker said.