FODPG has worked diligently over the past year researching the background of Duluth Public Golf, gathering data to gain insight into the ongoing discussion about the future of Enger Park and Lester Park Golf Courses. We will be posting information on a regular basis to help you reach out to your City Councilors and Mayor Larson. Make sure that your voice is heard! Share with others in order to spread the word to the citizens of Duluth and become a member of FODPG to receive email updates.
2/13/2019 – Did you know that Ramsey County is looking at significant investment in their courses? A 2018 Star Tribune article stated that Ramsey County’s (MN) three 18 hole public courses average between 29,000 and 37,000 rounds. Enger and Lester Park average 71,000 combined, fitting neatly into those numbers.
2/8/2019 – Did you know that Lester Park Golf course is 269 acres of City Parkland that could potentially be for sale? Think about the precedent that could set for the future of our beloved City Parks, prime properties set aside for the citizens of Duluth handed over to developers. Say no to the sale of Parkland!
2/4/2019 – Did you know that the $2,2 million deficit cited in articles and data by the media and city administration has accumulated over a 20 year period and that approximately $680,000 are charges from interest on the debt and additional city administrative services?
1/31/2019 – Duluth Public Golf courses have an annual payroll of approximately $1 million and provide 80-82 jobs per year? The courses are providing real jobs for our community and those employees spend their hard earned dollars here.
1/24/2019 – Did you know…The City of Duluth states there are not enough rounds played at the two courses for them to sustain themselves? In 2018 there were 61,000 rounds played at the two public golf courses in Duluth, a short, wet season. Going back the preceding 3 years the number of rounds played were all higher with a high of 80,000 in 2015, for an average of 71,000.
The City has hired a consultant to determine the feasibility of operating both golf courses. This consultant had written a book on golf course management in which he states that the number of rounds played at a golf course needs to be around 30,000 in order for it to be financially feasible. That criteria has been met.
1/22/2019 – Did you know… That the developer interested in purchasing Lester Park Golf Course, Tom Sunnarborg, will be meeting with individual City Councilors this week? Statutes require 8 of the 9 councilors to vote yes in order to sell Park Property.
1/22/2019 – Did you know…that the City of Duluth believes there are not enough rounds played at our public golf courses for them to sustain themselves? In 2018 alone, there were 61,000 rounds played at the two public golf courses in Duluth. Going back the preceding 3 years, the number of rounds played were all higher (80,000 in 2015) for an average of 71,000.
The City hired a consultant to determine the feasibility of operating both golf courses. This consultant had written a book on golf course management in which he states that the number of rounds played at a golf course needs to be around 30,000 in order for it to be financially feasible. That number has been exceeded at both courses.
1/14/2019 – Did you know…that 30 charity events were held at the golf courses in 2018, raising $250,000 for their respective charities? If Lester Park Golf Course is sold, that number of events would not be possible, costing these charities much-needed funds.