The public is invited to review a report on the City's golf program, the result of a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The report is available at golf.lincoln.ne.gov, and copies of the executive summary are available at City golf course clubhouses and the Parks and Recreation office at 2740 "A" Street.
Earlier this year, Parks and Recreation Department retained the NGF to complete a sustainability study of the City's golf program and to issue recommendations to improve operations. The NGF looked at operations of the City's four 18-hole golf courses (Highlands, Holmes, Mahoney and Pioneers) and the 9-hole Ager Junior Golf Course. Local golfers were encouraged to complete a survey as part o the study.
The City also is conducting a financial analysis of the municipal golf program this month. Once that is completed, a community meeting will be planned in cooperation with the Lincoln City Golf Advisory Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to discuss the NGF report and the financial analysis.
The key recommendations made by NGF include the following:
Lynn Johnson, City Parks and Recreation Director, thanked the NGF for its review. "The findings and recommendations of the NGF and the upcoming community discussions are important in charting the future course for our City golf program," he said. "Currently revenues are not adequate to cover annual operating expenses and provide for ongoing repair and replacement costs to keep the courses and facilities in good operating condition. We recognize that difficult decisions need to be made to sustain the program. We encourage the golfing community to review the recommendations of the NGF as well as the financial analysis and provide comments and recommendations."
More information on the Parks and Recreation Department and the municipal golf program is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.