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Municipal Golf Course to be restored to original design

At their meeting on Jan. 21, the Wilmington City Council saw a presentation of the greens restoration design for the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. On average, about 60,000 rounds of golf are played on the course each year, causing wear and tear.

     Watch the presentation

The course was designed by Donald Ross in 1925. This will be the first total restoration since the course was completed in 1929. The project will include restoration of all greens, approaches, bunkers, irrigation improvements and improved drainage.

 

 
18th hole today
     
18th hole after proposed design 

 
After reviewing original blueprints for the course, John Fought Design, the firm selected for the restoration, determined that the course was never built to the original specifications. In addition, the greens have gotten smaller as the course deteriorated over the years. In order to match Donald Ross’ vision, the square footage of the greens will need to double in size. Because of this, the project, which was initially expected to cost $700,000, is now estimated to cost up to $1 million to accommodate the original design. The improvements would be funded through user fees in combination with a grant or loan.

City Council is expected to consider project scheduling and funding during their Feb. 4 Council meeting. The project could begin as early as this spring.

Learn more about the muni course

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