Wilmington’s Municipal Golf Course renovations a go

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Submitted: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:37am
Updated: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:49am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Applause met one unanimous Wilmington City Council vote Tuesday night.

They’re going forward with the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course restoration. Council members also decided it was best to do it all at once. So, crews will fix the greens, practice greens and fairway bunkers.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says that will cost about $1.1 million. The money will come from golf course capital funds, park bond funds and increased greens fees.

Construction should begin later in April.

The 18-hole course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and the greens have never had a complete restoration since the course was built.

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5 Comments on "Wilmington’s Municipal Golf Course renovations a go"

2015 years 8 months ago

“The money will come from golf course capital funds, park bond funds and increased greens fees.”

What part of the above named resources pulls funds from leo’s and firefighters?

2015 years 8 months ago

Every time a municipality does something outside of paying the firefighters and police more money people complain. Get a grip! I happen to enjoy city parks and love playing golf and can’t wait until they finish the renovations so I can go experience our own Donald Ross Course! Without having to go to Pine Hurst! You know, I think it’s really special we have a muni course designed by such a world known designer. Lets take as much pride in that as we do fighting fires and writing traffic tickets!

2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry police and firefighters, we don’t have money to pay you what you are worth, we have to refurb a golf course and buy land downtown for a park.

2015 years 8 months ago

I hope someone has the foresight to fix the situation of golf balls flying out on Pine Grove Dr. and denting vehicles and breaking windshields. I have had three vehicles dented and one with a cracked windshield from flying balls from the #2 Green. The golfer’s that t-off from #2 hit the ball parallel with Pine Grove Dr. and some not being as good as they should have the hit ball fly out into the road. One of our neighbors many years back had his windshield completely broken out in this type situation and he had his family (two young girls) in the vehicle at the time. Fortunately he maintained control of his vehicle and got it off Pine Grove Dr. safely. I had a similar situation years later when a ball came down and cracked my windshield and I had two small granddaughters in the vehicle with me at the time. At the time I was told the person hitting the ball was not responsible and I should file with my insurance. But found out later when discussing this with our daughter, who now is an attorney in another state, that in her state the player is responsible and she would be surprised if the city might loose a case too if someone should sue. Said she would gladly take the case on especially if someone was injured. So the city needs to look at this situation long and hard and maybe plant evergreen type trees that grow fast to add a barer along Pine Grove Dr. or a safety style netting.

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2015 years 8 months ago

For right handed golfers…head down…swing easy…left arm straight.
For left handed golfers…the same advice, but keep the right arm straight.
A proper fix is a massive tree lined net 100 yards off the whites tees…all the way down the right side of the fairway by the OB markers, down to within 50 yards of the 1st and 2nd greens. But that takes money, just like a driving net near the 1st Tee box, which I suggested years ago when I lived and played there, so golfers could loosen up their “slice” habits before playing (no driving range there). But…my idea was handed right back to me because the Pro didn’t like the idea. Guess he ran the whole show, including safety responsibility.
So…till then…you’ll have to deal with the dents the best you can.