City council approves tax dollars to fund golf study

Evansville Parks Board set to approve $47K deal with Florida consulting team next week

City council approves tax dollars to fund golf study

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - It’s a harsh reality for players as municipal golf courses continue to operate in the red.

Evansville city council approved $47,000 in local income tax in order to bring in a consulting firm this year.

Brian Holtz, executive director for Evansville’s Parks & Recreation, said it’s an affordable investment to come up with some financial solutions.

“The $47,000 cost for this consultant is reasonable and well worth what the information we’re going to gain from him once its completed," Holtz said, adding the parks board is set to approve the deal in its regular meeting next week.

“It’s not just city courses struggling, you also see privately owned, again, across the United States," Holtz said.

Consultants with the National Golf Federation based in Florida will study Evansville’s four public courses in Helfrich, Fendrich, McDonald’s, and Wessleman Par 3.

Holtz says the firm will advise the city on marketing, maintenance, and various other initiatives.

“Hopefully with Tiger winning the Masters this year that will bring back the Tiger effect,” Holtz laughed.

Holtz noted the city will receive a concrete plan from the firm by November this year.

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