To address the “problem” of not having enough charged electric carts available after hosting tournaments, the club secured $38,000 for the purchase of eight gas-powered carts. “We try to help out organizations around the county that are doing a good service for the public,” said the chairman of the county Parks and Recreation Board.
Powell (Wyo.) Golf Club will be adding eight new gas-powered carts to its fleet of electric vehicles, thanks to support from the Park County (Wyo.) Parks and Recreation Board and the Moyer Foundation, the Powell Tribune reported.
The new carts are the solution to what’s been a great problem for Powell GC to have to solve, the Tribune reported: Its tournaments are all booked up and afterwards, paying customers come to play and find that all the discharged electric carts are still charging.
Golf Board President Jerry Herweyer said that happens frequently, the Tribune reported. “It’s pretty consistent,” he said.
To address the “problem,” the Tribune reported, the club approached the Park County Parks and Recreation Board in November with a request for 10 new gas-powered carts, to be available when all their electric carts are being charged. The Board agreed on a unanimous vote to give the club $23,000 for five of the fuel-injected carts.
Powell GC has received support from the board in the past to buy various equipment, Chairman Dan Haman told the Tribune, though this was the first approval of funding for golf carts.
“It’s just a good organization over there,” Haman said of the course. “We try to help out organizations around the county that are doing a good service for the public. And the golf course, they’ve always ran the place well and we always try to help them out when we can.”
The club also approached the Moyer Foundation for support for the cart initiative, and the club was awarded $15,000, which will get them three more gas carts, the Tribune reported. Herweyer had approached the Powell City Council to request that the city serve as the fiscal agent for the Moyer Foundation funding, and the council agreed.
The course saw a great year in 2019, with lots of rounds being played, Herweyer told the Tribune, and tournaments are booked up for 2020 as well . “We’re getting a lot more younger families, too,” Herweyer said.
Steve Lensegrav, who is the Powell City Council liaison for the golf club, reported that the pro shop came out $30,000 ahead of the prior year, which exceeded expectations; the club took over the shop in 2019, the Tribune reported.
“It’s all pretty positive,” Herweyer said, while expressing gratitude for the county’s and foundation’s support.
“They’ve both been really good to us over the years,” he said. “We have a lot of individual donations, too. We have a really good membership. It’s amazing so many want to help out.”