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, golf asset sales, sponsorship, and community donations.

Project Update:

The Enger Park Golf Course Renovation Plan was approved by the Parks & Recreation Commission on September 15, 2021. The plan will go before City Council at the September 27, 2021 meeting. 

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/.

Funding Source:

There is a target of $6-7 million needed for renovations coming from these potential sources: $4 million in revenue bonding, proceeds from sale of small golf parcels for residential development, sponsorship, and 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

Begin renovations during the Fall season

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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