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MUNICIPAL GOLF Municipal golf ’s indentity crisis By Jim Dunlap Cities forced to consider golf’s role — public amenity or revenue source? he role of municipal golf and what can be done to define is for its golf course(s),” said operator Tom Frost of Tom Frost and sustain it were the central discussion points at a re- Golf, a long-time golf industry executive. “Is it to make as much cent afternoon-long gathering of interested stakeholders money as possible to put that money into other areas of the [muorganized by Southern California Golf Association Director nicipal] budget, or is it to provide affordable golf and make just of Governmental Affairs Craig Kessler. The attendees included enough to put money aside for maintenance and necessary imseveral golf administrators from local city and county govern- provements?” ments, members of the California Golf Course Owners AssoThat decision has become increasingly more difficult as muciation, Southern California PGA, SCGA, nicipal golf (like all golf ) finds itself caught “A city has to decide between the twin pincers of the nation’s several private sector course operators and various consultants and vendors to the golf what the objective is current economy and golf ’s supply-demand industry. The discussion was far-ranging, but imbalance. Even cities who consider their there was consensus that first and foremost, for its golf course(s)” courses a treasured recreational amenity for municipalities need to determine the role of their golfer constituents and precious open Tom Frost municipally owned golf and then act accordspace for all citizens are buffeted by presTom Frost Golf ingly. sures to close, sell or privatize the operations “A city has to decide what the objective of their courses in order to avoid subsidizing T Corey Patterson • Head Golf Professional • Little Mountain Country Club The Pellucid PersPecTive 5 http://WWW.PELLUCIDCORP.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - October 2011

The Pellucid Perspective - October 2011
Table of Contents
When will pricing power return to golf?
Municipal golf’s identity crisis
Let’s make a deal
‘Winter rounds test drive’ promotion wins Labor Day battle
September weather impact: Too little too late?
‘Brown’ not making Half Moon Bay golfers blue
Cincinnati, OH Core Business Statistical Area (CBSA)
Comings & goings
The “Most Powerful” — really?

The Pellucid Perspective - October 2011