The findings and recommendations of Lund Consulting are scheduled to be released in May. The study was triggered because golf revenues are declining.
A consulting firm has been hired to study everything about the City of Seattle’s golf courses, including whether some golf-course property should be put to another use.
The findings and recommendations of Lund Consulting are scheduled to be released in May.
The study was triggered because golf revenues are declining. Under the present arrangement, Premier Golf Centers operates city courses Jefferson, Jackson, West Seattle and Interbay and park-department crews provide the maintenance. Jefferson and Jackson have par-3 courses in addition to regulation 18-hole layouts.
Among issues the study is addressing is whether Seattle needs all four golf facilities at a time when revenues are dropping and urban density is increasing. Another issue is whether other groups such as walkers and birders should have some use of courses and how this could be done safely.
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Lund Consulting is assigned to come up with three scenarios for public golf in Seattle.
The consulting firm’s research started last November and when done will have included 12 interviews with selected key people knowledgeable about city golf, a focus group and the preparation of papers on finances and other key matters. Any public hearings are expected to be held after recommendations are released.
There is fear among some golfers that some land now used for golf could wind up designated for other uses such as affordable housing.
• A rollicking golf novel set at the now-defunct Wayne Golf Course in Bothell is “Winter Rules, A Golf Comedy” by Clark Heideger of Seattle.
Heideger, a marketing writer and editor, was secretary of the men’s club at Wayne for a decade. The plot involves a Wayne (Squak Valley in the book) regular who wins the chance to play an egotistic Tour pro for a $1 million prize and chooses unpretentious and flawed Wayne as the venue.
The book has wacky environmentalists, a greedy developer who wants to buy the course, a network golf announcer who worships himself and a men’s club full of oddballs who conspire against the tour pro during the match. Golfers who played Wayne will get special enjoyment from the match because they will know the holes.
The book is available on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.
• The lineup for this weekend’s Seattle Golf and Travel Show at the Century Link Field Event Center features 100 exhibits. Adult admission is $14 plus a $1 facility fee. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking will be easier and in some cases cheaper Saturday because the Sounders have a 2 p.m. game Sunday. Paid attendees get two rounds of golf at designated courses, a Golf Digest subscription and can get a free 5-minute golf lesson at the show.
• Broadmoor Golf Club will host the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship April 22-24. UCLA is the defending champion.
• The new assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Washington is Thomas Sutton, who was an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham who had played there under current Husky coach Alan Murray.
Sutton was hired during the summer after Mike Wilson left after three years as a UW assistant to become head coach at Long Beach State.