Photo by Mild Du Golfers learn the basics of technique during adult golf lessons at Marshall Golf Club in July. The golf club has seen growth in both membership and visitor numbers over the past two years, said pro shop manager Dylan Scherff. Marshall Golf Club members have voted to open golf privileges to non-members in 2021.

MARSHALL – The members of Marshall Golf Club wanted more people to see their course. Their decision, in April 2021, was to open golf privileges to non-members and residents of Marshall.

Now, more than a year later, there’s a noticeable difference on the golf course, said Dylan Scherff, pro shop manager.

“We definitely brought more people to the golf course,” Scherff said.

Previously, things could be quiet at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday, he said. Now, sometimes it can be difficult to get a tee time.

The Marshall Golf Club is semi-private, offering memberships and league nights. Scherff said Tuesdays and Thursdays are league days at the club, but they are now getting a lot of calls about tee times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

One way to see the evolution of visitor numbers at Marshall Golf Club was to look at green fees collected over the past two years.

“Green fees are up from what they were in previous years,” Scherff said Monday. In 2020, Marshall Golf Club earned approximately $2,000 in green fees. “We have already exceeded it this year.”

In 2021, the golf club received $3,456 in green fees, and so far this year they were already at $2,200, just three months into the season, Scherff said.

Membership at the Marshall Golf Club also increased, from 295 to 315, he said.

The COVID pandemic has also factored into golf’s popularity over the past two years, Scherff said. People were looking for forms of outdoor recreation. But at the same time, the opening of the Marshall Golf Club to public golfers was also a benefit, he said.

Scherff said he’s heard great feedback from golfers who visit the Marshall Course. “They are really impressed” he said.

More people coming to the Marshall Golf Club has also been positive for the Fairway Restaurant and booking events and functions, Scherff said. Many more people come to eat at the Fairway after they’ve had a chance to check it out, he said. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn that they can organize events there.

“A lot of people don’t realize we have events,” he said.

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