The golf course is expected to lose $89,000 this year, which is $10,000 more than originally budgeted. While residents want to do “whatever it takes” to keep the golf course operating, the Clinton County Commissioner President said the money could be better spent elsewhere.
Sixty townspeople gathered on August 20 during a City Council meeting to prevent the closing of the golf course at The Golf Preserve at Frankfort (Ind.), the Frankfort-based Clinton County Daily News.
“I think the sentiment was very clear — the golf course is an amenity that we must not lose in our community,” said Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes. “We’ve been spinning our wheels and I think we need to address that. We had a certain individual who said you have four entities who are a part of this process and until you get them together and come up with a long-term plan, you will continue to spin your wheels.”
“[The golf course] is an absolute necessity for economic development and we need to put as much money into it as it takes,” said city councilman Jim Moyer.
The golf course is expected to lose $89,000 this year, which is $10,000 more than originally budgeted. Clinton County is reluctant to put the money towards saving the golf course, the News reported.
“We don’t want to be in the golf business. We have lots of needs and we need to put our money into things like an annex and office space. The golf course is more vital to the city than it is the county,” said Cory Boyles Clinton County Commissioner President.
Citizens of Frankfort that spoke at the council meeting claimed the primary issues for the golf course were marketing and management along with course maintenance and drainage problems, the News reported.
An additional meeting to further discuss the issue is planned, the News reported.
“Time is of the essence. We want people to know that there will be a golf course next year,” said McBarnes. “That’s how quickly things have to happen. Our pass sales have to start occurring in October. To get that done, there has to be much progress made the rest of August and through September.”