MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is looking to find ways to attract more golfers to their seven courses.
"Nationally, golf is decreasing," said park board president John Erwin. "And we don't want to close any courses."
Minneapolis Park and Recreation has hired a consulting firm that is looking at everything from price, food, and the overall experience in an effort to make sure the numbers stop slipping.
Rounds of golf played has declined 42 percent since the late-1990's. Last year, the city barely broke even, spending $5.7 million to keep the courses running, but took in only $6.1 million.
"There was a time when we made a ton of money on golf courses," says Erwin. "The revenue went to offset property tax increases."
Those may have been the good old days.
"The consultants will engage with golfers and hear their input," he says. "We want to hear what they want fixed."
Ideas include taking one of courses and making it a "premier, championship-18" or creating an executive 9-hole course for those on a time crunch.
"We have a renewed focus on golf," says Erwin. "We we really think it's something special in this city."
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