07 Dec '17, 6pm

What’s the value of a municipal golf course — and do they even make sense? (by @dylan_dethier) https://t.co/hzhzwtppO0

For so many golfers, the city- or county-owned course, better known as a "muni," is a sacred part of the game. In a sport that has long been regarded as exclusive and elitist, it’s easy to understand why munis everywhere serve an important role in making the game affordable and approachable to the general public. But of late, cities everywhere have been re-evaluating whether it even makes sense to be in the golf business. As we began looking into the current ‘State of the Muni,’ new stories seemed to pop up every day of cities considering shuttering their courses for other, more profitable opportunities. From Reno to Tucson to Council Bluffs to Salt Lake City, city officials are wondering: could this course better serve the community as commercial real estate? Public housing? Maybe just as an open public park that a greater percentage of the population could take advantage...

Full article: http://www.golf.com/courses-travel/2017/12/07/whats-value...

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