Course managers from the two city golf courses laid out a five-year capital improvement plan for their respective courses Monday night at City Council’s work session.
Additional revenue from incremental green fee hikes at both courses that were instituted in 2018 and will last through 2020 have allowed the courses to begin addressing the many capital improvement needs each course has.
According to Randy Bregar, the Elmwood course manager, the five-year improvement plan for his course include a new clubhouse, cart path replacement, tree replacement, perimeter fencing, parking lot renovation, an executive course restroom, a maintenance storage building, parking lot entrance landscaping, marquee sign replacement, and landscaping along Pueblo Boulevard and Thatcher Avenue where the course is situated.
The clubhouse project is the most expansive one on the list, and there is no set date for that to get started. The cart path replacement will take place from 2020-2024.
And, according to Dave Lewis, the course manager at Walking Stick Golf Course, the five-year improvement plan for his course includes replacing the clubhouse/restaurant roof in 2020, course restroom renovation, kitchen expansion, course weather shelter repairs, parking lot renovation, parking lot entrance landscape/renovation, and maintenance compound parking lot repairs.
Council asked Bregar and Lewis if the green fee increases have had any negative impact on course usage.
Bregar said he hasn’t noticed anything other than some senior golfers cutting back on playing a bit. He added that revenues at Elmwood are solid.
Lewis said he hasn’t seen any sort of decrease.
“We’ve stayed pretty flat through that,” Lewis said. “The economy is much better and people are spending more money.”
Television and digital ads created earlier this year targeting Southern Colorado and southern Denver region golfers to take advantage of Pueblo’s year-round golf weather have been running, but the courses haven’t instituted any sort of mechanism to track where golfers are coming from to see how impactful the ads have been.
Mayor Nick Gradisar asked the course managers to begin keeping track of where golfers are coming from so the city can analyze the ad campaign more effectively.