Wesselman bogey-man: Can Evansville solve a struggling golf game?

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville’s golf game may get a little smaller if the city takes a consultant’s suggestion seriously. But should Wesselman be cut from the field?

Despite the perceived low number of rounds, some regulars think it is par for the course.

Thursday morning, you can count on one hand the number of golfers on Wesselman greens. It may take more than swings on a driving range to bring it back from the brink.

Course manager, Buck Crowe has been at the helm for 8 years, and he admits numbers have dropped, but he argues courses across the country have felt the same pain.

“It’d really be a shame to close it because there are no other 18-hole par 3 golf courses in the city,” said Crowe.

Crowe says Wesselman usually gets between 15 to 40 people a day.

Crowe believes Wesselman is a place to foster a love for the game and a place for weekend warriors to bring the short game into reach.

“It’s convenient to play, it’s well maintained,” said Mark Mindrup. “A lot of people over the years have played here and enjoyed it, and it’s a shame.”

At its longest, Wesselman offers 140 yards to the pin, but the course could be long gone if the National Golf Foundation consultant suggestion to close or re-purpose the course comes true.

“They said it needs a lot of improvements,” questioned Steve Kimmel. “I don’t know what they’re talking about.”

These regulars think Wesselman simply serves its purpose, beyond dollars and cents. They want the city to focus on the quality of life over making profits.

The city hasn’t made any decisions yet. The Parks Board will consider the recommendations.

“You’re going to see a decline year after year, when kids don’t come out here to learn so they’re not going to play,” added Mindrup.

They only hope a mulligan is in order if the time comes.

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This story was originally published on September 19, 2019

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