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Muni course restoration project

At their meeting on Feb. 18, the Wilmington City Council directed staff to move ahead with the bid process for the restoration of greens at the city's Municipal Golf Course. Council also saw a presentation outlining financing options.

     Watch the presentation

     View the presentation

Council discussed several options for financing the project to cover construction costs, loss of revenue while the course is closed and an anticipated increase in expenditures to maintain the new greens, which will double in size. While not taking official action, Council indicated support for using monies from the golf course capital fund, left over parks bond funds and revenues from an increase in greens fees to help make up the shortfall so all 18 holes can be renovated at once. Council will take official action when a construction contract is recommended for award this spring. 

The potential fee increase that received the most support from Council was a 25 percent increase which would take effect with the new fiscal year on July 1, 2014. A 25 percent increase would range from $2.50 for seniors, to $5 for adults to play 18 holes on weekends.


Current rate

25% increase

Proposed rate

City resident (18 holes weekday)




City resident (9 holes weekday)




Sr. city resident w/discount card (18 holes)




City resident (18 holes weekend)





Did you know...

  • That the Golf Course Fund is an enterprise fund? This means that it is supported entirely by user fees (greens fees)

  • That the average greens fees and cart rental at the city's Municipal Golf Course are 43 percent less than other area golf courses' average green fees and cart rental?

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.

     View a presentation from Feb. 17 outlining the project

     Watch a presentation from Jan. 21 showing the proposed design

18th hole today
18th hole after proposed design 

Learn more about the muni course

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