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DeKalb Park Board to hear consulting firm’s report on District’s golf courses

Mon October 14, 2019

DeKalb Park Board to hear consulting firm’s report on District’s golf courses that are operating at a loss, requiring annual subsidies

No decisions will be made at Thursday’s meeting that begins Board’s review process

On Thursday, Oct. 17, DeKalb Park District Board of Commissioners will hear a detailed report from national golf consulting and management firm, Billy Casper Golf, that studied the District’s two golf courses and golf program. The District retained the firm to evaluate its golf courses, which operates at a deficit and requires increasing, annual subsidies from the Park District’s general fund.

Billy Casper Golf officials will present the findings during the regular Park Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Ellwood House Visitor Center. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and listen to the report presentation.

Park Board President Phil Young said the golf study was commissioned to help address the Park District’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan goal to: “improve the District’s financial sustainability” and “determine a plan for the financial viability of the District’s golf operations.”

The presentation will provide Board members with information and recommendations from an experienced, independent, third-party firm as they consider options for future management and funding of the 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses.

The Board will make no decision at this meeting. The presentation of the report findings will begin a process of the Board and District staff evaluating what steps are needed to fulfill the District’s responsibility to provide recreational and wellness programs for residents and to be fiscally responsible with public dollars.

The presentation from Billy Casper Golf will include:

  • Evaluation of the golf market in and around DeKalb
  • Evaluation of both golf courses: Buena Vista, 9-holes; and River Heights, 18-holes
  • Recommendations for a business and operation plan; marketing plan; and capital improvement plan for the District’s golf courses and golf programs.
Contact: Amy Doll
Phone: 815/751-4899