Louisville golf courses once again under scrutiny

Louisville golf courses once again under scrutiny


GOLF COURSES LAST YEAR. WLKY’S MARK VANDERHOFF EXAMINES
WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE. MARK THE QUESTION IS WHETHER TO
: TURN OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE
CITY’S GOLF COURSES TO PRIVATE
COMPANIES, OR RAISE THE GREEN
FEES AND GIVE MORE POWER TO THE
LOCAL GOLF PROS WHO ARE ALREADY HERE.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE, THEY PLAY
HERE, AND A LOT OF US HOPE THIS
DOESN’T GO AWAY. BECAUSE I’S GOING TO TAKE ONE
OF THE COURSES AWAY FROM US WHO
LIVE LOCALLY. MARK METRO LOUISVILLE IS LOOKING
: AT GOLF COURSES THAT ARE
LOSING MONEY AS THE CITY
STRUGGLES WITH SKYROCKETING
PENSION COSTS. THAT’S WHY METRO COUNCILMAN BILL
HOLLANDER FILED AN ORDINANCE
ALLOWING PRIVATE COMPANIES TO
MANAGE MULTIPLE CITY GOLF
COURSES.>>LET’S TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT
THE PROPOSALS ARE, CONSIDER
THEM. IF WE DON’T LIKE THEM, WE’LL
REJECT THEM. BUT I HOPE WE GET THE PROPOSALS
IN. WE HAVE TO OPERATE THE CITY
GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENTLY. MARK COUNCILWOMAN CINDI FOWLER
: FILED HER OWN ORDINANCE. SHE WANTS TO RAISE GREEN FEES
OVERALL, WHILE ALLOWING COURSE
MANAGERS TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
DURING SLOW PERIODS. SHE OPPOSES PRIVATIZATION.>>THEY’RE GOING TO CHERRY PICK
THE ONES THAT ARE MOST
PROFITABLE, OF COURSE. WHAT’S THAT GOING TO LEAVE IN
VALLEY STATION? WE’RE GOING TO BE A DESERT OF
GOLF FOR VALLEY STATION. MARK GOLFERS ARE SPLIT ON HOW TO
: IMPROVE PROFITABILITY.>>RAISE THE GREEN FEES, THAT’S
THE SIMPLEST THING TO DO. PEOPLE’LL PAY IT, THEY LOVE THIS
COURSE, THESE COURSES.>>IF THEY RAISE IT, I DON’T
KNOW IF A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL
COME HERE. MARK ONE THING GOLFERS AGREE ON,
: THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE ANY
GOLF COURSES CLOSE.>>YEAH, I THINK THEY SHOULD ASK
THE PEOPLE THAT PLAY HERE. WHAT DO WE THINK? MARK: I’M TOLD THE CITY IS GOING
TO BE SENDING OUT ON FRIDAY A
REQUEST FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO
DESCRIBE HOW THEY WOULD MANAGE
THOSE GOLF COURSES. THOSE PROPOSALS WOULD BE DUE

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