Highland Park Golf Foundation was chosen by the City of Cleveland, Ohio to lead the renovation and management of the Highland Hills property as it approaches its 100th year in operation. Historically, Highland Park has welcomed minority leagues and players, including the late Charlie Sifford.
The City of Cleveland, Ohio has chosen Highland Park Golf Foundation to lead the renovation and management of its Highland Park Golf Course as it approaches its 100th year in operation, the Cleveland Business Journal reported.
The nonprofit organization has created a group made up of Northeast Ohio leaders — many of whom regularly play the course — to lead the effort to revitalize the 36-hole course and clubhouse in Highland Hills, Ohio, that opened in 1928, the Business Journal reported.
The foundation intends to contract with Troon, which manages 140 municipal courses in the United States and more than 750 courses worldwide, to operate the course, the city said in a release.
Historically, Highland Park Golf Course has welcomed minority leagues and players, including the late Charlie Sifford, the first African American golfer to play and win on the PGA tour, who claimed Highland Park as his home course for a time, the Business Journal reported.
“The Highland Park Golf Foundation’s proposal reflects the commitment to celebrating the course’s rich history as a minority golf course,” Mayor Justin Bibb said in a statement.
“We are thrilled with the team that has come together in the interest of preserving and elevating this legacy asset,” Bibb said.
In its proposal — which was one of six — the foundation commits to maintain and expand affordable access to golf for Cleveland residents, the city said.
Once heavily subsidized, Highland Park Golf Course has rebounded under Cleveland management and came close to breaking even in recent years as golfers returned to courses during the pandemic, according to Cleveland.com.
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