Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A consulting firm that has been hired to take an in-depth look at Rochester’s public golf course system says a big decision the city faces is what to do with its more old course.
The National Golf Foundation’s report will be presented to city council on Monday.
Its summary concludes the four routes of the city “Appear to be well managed, but produce activity and income well below the expected norm” and that the current system “Is not sufficient to cover all the expenses necessary for proper operation and maintenance” the slots.
The report also notes the current system “Has something for everyone, but the City has reached a key point in dealing with the condition of facilities as all four routes have significant capital needs. ” The consulting firm says the city will need to make changes to “To help ensure the quality and sustainability” lessons.
NGF analysis “Shows that the balance between supply and demand in Rochester is not favorable” and that the courses “Are essentially competing with each other for market share.”
The company says the city needs to seriously consider the Soldiers Field course. Indeed, the firm says “The City can see that the key decision in the future of this golf system is what to do with Soldiers Field, with upgrading, reducing or closing all viable options. ”
The course opened in 1927.
- 1. Commit to complete initial capital projects of $ 2.4 million over the next two years to address the Eastwood Lodge and key infrastructure in Northern Hills.
- 2. Undertake the completion of an official site master plan for Soldiers Field GC and decide on the future of this property as an improved 18 hole golf course, modified 9 hole golf course.
course or other facility (non-golf).
- 3. Improve expertise in the technology that supports operations (POS, website, etc.) and use these platforms to improve marketing to non-residents and less frequent users.
- 4. Focus more on new player development and beginner programs, especially with young adults.
- 5. Consider other new investments to help modernize, broaden appeal and “liven up” facilities such as improvements to the driving range and / or improved outdoor gathering spaces.