Reader's view: Duluth's municipal golf courses are well managed
The writer of the April 27 letter, "Duluth needs to rethink its golf operations," stated that Duluth's municipal golf courses are not as competitive as other local golf courses. The writer suggested the city's courses are mismanaged and that the ...
The writer of the April 27 letter, "Duluth needs to rethink its golf operations," stated that Duluth's municipal golf courses are not as competitive as other local golf courses. The writer suggested the city's courses are mismanaged and that the city does not need PGA golf professionals.
Not only is PGM Golf Management doing an excellent job managing both the Enger Park and Lester Park courses, its golf professionals know and address the needs of our golf community.
The courses are in their best condition ever with work happening every day to make them better.
The two courses are not subsidized in any way by the city of Duluth. The courses not only pay their expenses, they pay debt service. Both courses are doing fine, financially.
The writer stated Duluth golf isn't competitive. I have been an outspoken critic, saying season ticket prices are too inexpensive for 54 holes on two different courses. PGM has been adamant about keeping golf prices as low as possible while giving residents the best value possible. I respect that. However, it takes money -- a lot of money -- to run these courses. Expenses keep rising, and so will greens fees, concessions and carts.
Why would the city of Duluth eliminate PGA golf professionals at its two courses? Did Superior's Nemadji Golf Course eliminate its pros? How about Northland and Ridgeview country clubs? Why would the city courses cheapen their product? Would they remain competitive? Why would the city jettison the National Golf Foundation's recommendation for PGA golf professionals? It wouldn't make sense to not have professionally run facilities.
Duluth golfers are getting what we pay for and more. With more than 60,000 rounds of golf played per season at Enger alone, the only thing we in public golf need are new clubhouses, which would be a positive way to increase revenues at both courses.