Questions for the Cedar Rapids City Council. We cannot go back and change the decision made on turning a nine-hole course to an 18-hole course. Nor can we change the decision about the clubhouses at Jones Golf Course.
Council member Ralph Russell says he has no idea what the golf professionals do and how the course is staffed. I suggest that he needs to get an understanding of what goes on at the courses. He should go the courses and talk to the pros. He also could talk to the city’s paid director of golf or the head of the parks department.
When the city council considers what the golf course deficit is each year, do they look at and publish deficits from other city departments, such as: the hotel convention center, the McGrath Amphitheatre, the Paramount, soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pools, and the municipal parks and pavilions? Do any of these infrastructure items make money?
I urge the city to publish costs at each golf course and to ask for input. It is evident that the council has not done its due diligence to understand any of the issues at the city courses. Golf courses are part of our city infrastructure and are part of the city and an individual’s quality of life. I think it is called the Fifth Season in Cedar Rapids promotions.
It would be nice if the city council could make a knowledgeable decision and stick with it.