The local youth golf organization has suspended a $1 million project that includes plans for a driving range, learning center and indoor hitting center at the Wichita, Kan. course while it awaits a decision about the property’s future.
A more than $1 million project for youth golf development has been put on hold after questions have been raised concerning the future of MacDonald Golf Course in Wichita, Kansas, television station KWCH 12 of Wichita reported.
C&RB reported on the potential sale of MacDonald GC at the end of August (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/macdonald-gc-may-sold-waterfront-developer/)
The Board President of Wichita’s local First tee youth golf organization said the sale of MacDonald GC could jeopardize not just his program, but the future of golf in the city, KWCH reported.
First Tee is in the process of building a brand new facility on the MacDonald property, specifically for younger golfers. But now leaders with the organization say they want to wait on further building until there’s a resolution on the potential sale of MacDonald GC, KWCH reported.
The First Tee project includes plans for a driving range, a learning center and indoor hitting center, just for youth golfers, KWCH reported. But the organization says it’s now halting the work that was already in progress until it has a clearer picture of what’s going to happen with the property, KWCH eported.
“We made a decision to regroup and rethink what’s going on until there are some decisions made by the city,” said First Tee Executive Director Nancy Compton.
Dale Goter, part of an ad-hoc golf committee that is watching over the MacDonald sale process, told KWCH there is a rumor that Johnny Stevens, one of the potential developers, is not interested in working with First Tee.
The potential sale is a knee-jerk reaction to accommodate a developer, and the city needs a comprehensive golf plan, Goter added.
“What we see is the main problem of not looking at the bigger picture and making a reasonable analysis of what we need for golf courses, and [instead] just throwing [MacDonald] up for sale,” Goter told KWCH.
Under an existing agreement, Compton told KWCH, the property has to be kept as an 18-hole public golf course and the buyer has to honor the contract the city has with First Tee.
If MacDonald is sold, the First Tee leaders said, they look forward to working with whomever the buyer may be, but they want it to be an honest and fair process, KWCH eported.
“We are hopeful that they make a business decision based on an overall plan, so tthey aren’t sorry when they look back that they let go of this golf course,” Compton says.
First Tee said it plans to resume construction after a decision is made by the city. A decision could come as early as mid-December, KWCH reported.