Parks & Recreation

Enger Golf Course Renovation

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Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

In 2018, a golf course architectural assessment of Duluth's public courses was conducted to identity issues and help prioritize future projects. Potential improvements were categorized into critical, competitive and comprehensive. In December 2020, the Public Golf Committee approved a motion to focus on Enger's ten critical improvements-those improvements which are in greatest need of being addressed and would play the most significant role in reducing repairs and on-going maintenance and in increasing revenue through increased daily fee rounds. A large portion of the the critical items includes a new irrigation system and irrigation pond. Other items include course drainage improvements, fairway and bunker renovations, a clubhouse renovation and possible driving range relocation due to housing development. These renovations will be financed entirely by golf revenues, co-investment by the City’s selected golf management firm, golf asset sales, and donations.

Project Update:

The public is invited to virtual public meetings on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June 1 at noon to provide input for the proposed Enger Golf Course renovations.

The City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division will co-host the meeting with professional consultants from Norby Golf Design Inc., Architectural Resources Inc., and Antares Golf, LLC. Basic renovation scenarios will be presented in addition to answering questions and taking public comments.

Enger Golf Course renovation items include a new irrigation system, new clubhouse, improvements to fairways, and bunker renovations. This work is planned for 2023 while the course is closed to golf play and Lester Park Golf Course reopens for one final season of golf. Prior Golf Course study and findings documents related to Duluth Public Golf are available at: https://duluthmn.gov/parks/parks-planning/progress-in-the-park/enger-golf-course-renovation/.
To join the meeting, please visit https://duluthmn.gov/live-meeting/ then select “Parks & Recreation Public Meetings”. The link to this meeting will then appear. 

Funding Source:

There is a target of $4 million needed for renovations coming from these potential sources: $2-3 million in revenue bonding, proceeds from sale of small golf parcels for residential development, potential private investment by a course management firm, and potential community contributions.

Timeline:

2021

Enger Golf Course

Open for golf play

Public engagement meetings and complete pre-design process

Lester Golf Course

Closed for golf play, minimal agronomy maintenance continues

Low-impact leisure allowed on some areas of the grounds

2022

Enger Golf Course

Open for golf play

Secure renovation financing

Complete renovation design and bidding documents

Lester Golf Course

Closed for golf play, minimal agronomy maintenance continues

Low-impact leisure allowed on some areas of the grounds

2023

Enger Golf Course

Closed for renovations

Lester Golf Course

Reopen 18 holes and driving range for one season

2024

Enger Golf Course

Reopen renovated course and new clubhouse for play

Lester Golf Course

Permanently closed to golf play

Future uses of park for public enjoyment determined with the public

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