Parks board votes to close Wesselman Par 3 Golf Course

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) After more than 50 years hosting golfers, the Evansville Parks Board votes to close the Wesselman Par 3 Golf Course.

The vote follows months of debate and studying on the course’s future.

“I think we had to make a decision and move in another direction,” said Brian Holtz, Executive Director of the Evansville Parks Department. That decision, unanimously made by the city parks board, is to close the golf course at Wesselman Park at the end of this year.

“Disappointed. Very disappointed,” said Randy Calvert, who opposed the closure.

Board members cited a study done by the National Golf Foundation showing declining revenue and declining number of rounds played at city courses, and an uneven balance of supply and demand in the local golf market.

“It is a difficult decision. I think that’s tempered somewhat by the ability to offer golf still at three courses,” Holtz said.

“This is a sore loss for the community, without a doubt,” added Phil Wolter, who opposed the closure.

Course supporters including Calvert, whose group started a petition to save the course, say it’s a loss for current and future golfers since other courses are harder to reach for kids.

“If there are kids that go over there, ride their bike, it’s difficult for them to play out there because it’s right off the highway,” he said.

While the decision to close the course has been made, one decision that’s not been made yet is what to do with this site.

“I know the Wesselman Nature Center and their board of directors are interested in that area. I know that several people spoke about the area, incorporating that a part of Wesselman Park,” said Holtz. He adds the board will look at proposals for the site, but a decision won’t be made until at least the early part of next year.

ORIGINAL STORY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Evansville parks board voted to close the Wesselman Par 3 Golf Course on Wednesday.

The 18-hole, 1,748-yard course is located near the Wesselman Nature Society on Boeke Rd.

It will close at the end of the year.

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(This story was originally published on December 4, 2019)

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