Public gives input on future of Wesselman Golf Course


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Members of the public got their chance to sound off about a consultant’s recommendation to close one of Evansville’s golf courses. The course in question is the Wesselman Par 3 Golf Course.

Many people came to speak to the board and share what they think should happen to the Wesselman Park Golf Course. Some golfers are saying, keep it open, but there might be better uses for the land. One woman suggests adding a running trail.

“I heard all of the people concerned about getting rid of the golf course. Well there’s no reason that a smaller version of that golf course, teaching the young people to play gold couldn’t still exist in a major, so called big park,” said Olympic Distance Runner Anne Audain.

Another idea is to make the area more inclusive of wildlife.

“We would love to develop it into more green space, some gardens and some other play areas and features that people from the neighborhood and the community as a whole would be able to enjoy the outdoors,” said Levy Schroeder, Wesselman Nature Society Executive Director.

Many ideas were presented but board officials say none of them were a clear hole-in-one.

“I don’t know that there’s anything new. There are things that we’ve thought about and we know that are important, one marketing golf in general, but also how do we target that younger population so that we can learn and younger individuals, younger children, high school students, can learn how to play golf,” said Brian Holtz, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation.

“I just look at it as such a waste sitting there. Sew grass, plant tress and just make it simple and welcoming and then look at what’s possible,” said Audain.

The board says they’re not quite sure yet when they’ll have an official decision about what to do with this area. They’re asking anyone in the public with an idea to submit it in written form for them to review.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)

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