WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council will decide whether to contract out golf course management to Kemper Sports at Tuesday’s meeting.
The city says that until the start of the pandemic in 2020, the city was losing money because of the four-court system.
- Arthur B. Sim Golf Course
2020 W. Murdock
- Auburn Hills Golf Course
443 S. 135th Street West
- MacDonald Golf Course
840 N. Yale Ave.
- Tex Consolver Golf Course
1931 S. Tyler Road
The city was even forced to close the Clapp Golf Course in 2019.
Under the agreement, the city will pay Kemper $200,000 a year to operate the greens. According to city documents, Kemper plans to have $600,000 at the end of the season to reinvest in the four courses and also plans to donate $10,000 annually to local golf organizations for young for three years.
The city says Kemper’s proposal offers several advantages over current operations:
- Improved course conditions through new turf care practices and priority capital
recommendations for improvement.
- Expanded marketing and sales initiatives to generate more revenue for the system.
- Improved food and beverage operations.
- Improved player development through expanded youth golf and instructional programs.
- Development of short and long term plans for improving the golf system.
- Creating sustainable net cash flow to fund equipment replacement and system upgrades