The $47,000 consulting contract will have the National Golf Foundation spend this year assessing the condition of the city’s four municipal courses and then recommend marketing strategies for attracting more golfers and improving their overall experience. None of the courses are said to be in danger of closing at this time.
The Evansville, Ind., Park and Recreation Board has voted unanimously to approved the hiring of the National Golf Foundation (NGF) to assess the city’s golf courses and recommend new strategies, station WEHT of Evansville reported.
The goal of the $47,000 consulting contract, with a final report expected to be completed by the end of 2019, will be to have the NGF assess the condition of Evansville’s four municipal courses—Fendrich GC, Helfrich GC, McDonald GC and the par-three Wesselmann GC—and also to recommend marketing strategies for attracting more golfers and improving the overall quality and experience provided for golfers of all ages, WEHT reported.
Brian Holtz, Executive Director of the Evansville Parks Department, told WEHT that Evansville has seen a decline in local golfers on a day-to-day basis.
“I think we’re very lucky with the quality of the courses that we have,” Holtz said. “Given that, [the goal of the NGF assessment] will be to identify what are some of the options that we have, to strengthen what we already have in place.”
The NGF will start to evaluate each course this spring, WEHT reported. In addition to collecting data, the consultants will talk with employees and local golfers to gain a better understanding of the Evansville market.
At this time, WEHT reported, none of Evansville’s golf courses are in jeopardy of closing. Holtz told the station that the decline in play seen in Evansville is in line with a national trend in comparably sized cities.