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Muni Course greens restoration

At their meeting on Feb. 18, the Wilmington City Council is expected to provide city staff with direction so that the greens restoration project for the city's Municipal Golf Course can move forward. Staff will also provide Council with financing options at the Feb. 18 meeting. City Council saw a presentation on Feb. 17 outlining the project.

 View the presentation

The project, which was initially expected to cost $700,000, is now estimated to cost up to $1 million to accommodate the original Donald Ross 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 order to match Donald Ross’ vision, the square footage of the greens will need to double in size. Additionally, if the project is completed all at once, funding is needed to offset green fees that would have been collected to help cover project costs.

This will be the first total restoration of the Donald Ross-designed course since it was fully completed in 1929. The project will include restoration of all greens, approaches, bunkers, irrigation improvements and improved drainage. On average, about 60,000 rounds of golf are played on the course each year, which has caused wear and tear on the 85-year old course.

     Watch a presentation from Jan. 21 showing the proposed design

18th hole today
18th hole after proposed design 


Did you know... that the Golf Course Fund is an enterprise fund? This means that it is supported entirely by user fees (greens fees).

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