SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) — Although no one came out on the back nine, there was activity Saturday at the Erskine Park golf course clubhouse.
The golf course held a job fair inside its clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill positions at three South Bend City courses: Erskine, Elbel and Studebaker.
“We need cart attendants, store help from time to time, the food and beverage positions would be server positions, and then golf course maintenance has multiple positions including, which is really the most important thing for us right now is that our mechanic position is open in Elbel,” said Jim Kubinski, Golf Marketing Manager for the City of South Bend.
“You get all kinds of people from the community – young, old, men, women – coming to play golf, have fun and you just help them, help them. Whether it’s food and drink or the golf course itself, it’s a really fun team we’ve been able to put together over the past two years, and I think our golfers really appreciate it, really.
Opened in 1925, Erskine Park was South Bend’s first public 18-hole golf course. The Clubhouse is open year-round for weddings, banquets, and meetings, and there are even good hills for sledding.
The land on which the golf course sits was donated to the city by the late AR Erskine, who was the CEO of the former Studebaker Corporation and an avid golfer. His only condition was that the city use and maintain the land for a golf course. Erskine was a member of the first fore-some to play the new course when it opened on June 27, 1925.
Erskine Park’s greens were graced by legends like Arnold Palmer, and they still have the scoreboard bearing Palmer’s name.
The Studebaker Golf Course offers many excellent programs for children, including the Kids, Play Free program. Anyone 17 and under can play, rent clubs and take lessons for free. All parents need to do is sign a waiver and kids can learn and play golf for free! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.
Studebaker is also a member of “The First Tee Program”, a youth golf program with 150 chapters around the world. Kids ages 5-18 can learn about life through golf, take lessons, build relationships, develop character, and do it all while having fun.
The Elbel Golf Course has walking and nature trails around the property, as well as lakes and woods to enjoy and possibly see wildlife.
The golf courses plan to welcome golfers in late March or early April, and their season pass allows you to enjoy all three venues.
Anyone interested in employment at one of these city courses should check out the city’s job board at https://southbendin.gov/employment/.
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