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facilities

Message from the Parks and Recreation Board

Golf is defined in Miriam Webster as "a game in which a player
using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as
possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course."
Golf sounds so simple, but any seasoned golfer will tell you that it is
completely maddening. And yet, golfers come back every weekend to
give it another go. While we will not delve into the sanity of the golfer,
the sport itself has seen a downward trend over the last decade.
According to the National Golf Foundation, participation in the sport
was around 31 million people in 2005. In 2015, participation had
dropped to around 24 million people. This trend has many in the
golfing field worried, as participation is the key to sustained success.

The City is kicking off a new program this summer
that allows 5th graders to play free with a paying
adult. This will hopefully begin to infuse more
participation in the game.
For the three area Fort Collins public golf courses, the number of
rounds played measures sustained success. The reason is the three
golf courses operate as an enterprise fund. This means that the
money received from rounds played pays for the maintenance, staff,

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and general upkeep of the golf course. General fund tax dollars are
rarely used to support the golf courses. Over the last five years, the
number of rounds played has declined at all three courses, but it has
started to rebound the last two years. This is a good trend for City
Park Nine, Southridge, and Collindale. But, is it enough to maintain
success for the three courses?
The City is kicking off a new program this summer that allows 5th
graders to play free with a paying adult. This will hopefully begin
to infuse more participation in the game. In addition to this new
program, there are classes offered for beginning golfers that teach
the basics and introduce new players to the joys of the game. Be sure
to check out fcgov.com/golf for more details.
All three City courses offer unique and varied challenges for all
levels of golfers. Hopefully you will get out and enjoy the game
as much as we do.
Regards,
Scott Sinn

Johnny Hodges

Chair
Fort Collins Parks
& Recreation Board

Chair
Fort Collins Golf Board


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