LO Golf Course- The condition and solvency of the golf course may be in the "Kick the Can Down The Road" bucket for Council, but here are some comments and ideas:
1. The course is viewed by most players as one in poor condition and history has shown it will not attract more golfers to be sustainable. Golfers have many alternatives in Portland to play better maintained courses.
2. As the golf architects involved with recent renovations at Oswego Lake CC and Waverley CC will tell you, trees are an enemy of grass on a golf course. Trees provide too much shade and soak up most of the water and fertilizer, preventing healthy turf. Therefore, one has to consider removing lots of trees to improve the playability and reduce the maintenance costs.
3. Driving range is ok, but not very attractive and does not provide enough length or grass areas for hitting.
Some Alternatives to Consider:
1. Reduce the number of holes from 18 to 9. The National Trend for # of Rounds is steadily declining and golfers are looking for venues where they can play a round in less than 2 hours. Remove trees that interfere with good turf maintenance.
2. Bring in an architect to design the 9 holes and sell off excess land to pay for the redesign. Suggestion...Contact former LO resident, PGA Player and golf architect, Peter Jacobsen, and see if he can help with a redesign.
3. Go visit Summerfield GC. While it is owned privately, it won an award for best maintained Oregon course within the past few years. It is nine holes, in terrific shape and has great greens. (Maybe there is an opportunity to negotiate a shared maintenance agreement with the Greenskeeper??)
4. See if a longer, more attractive driving range can be incorporated in the redesign. ( A good example of a well run facility is Tualatin Greens on Cipole Road). Or, if you really want to think outside the box, sell all the land to Topgolf and
put in a super driving range...https://topgolf.com/us/hillsboro/pricing/
5. Incorporate another sports activity as part of the redesign. Build an All-weather, roofed (no heat, no sides) Pickleball facility for the fastest growing sport in L.O. Might make the Dining Grille more viable on a year round basis, also.
From what I have heard and observed over the past decade or longer, the golf facilty is a loser. As a longtime golfer with a fair amount of experience playing both private and public courses, it may be time to think outside the box.