2010 EVENT SCHEDULE
June 19 American Legion 3 Person Scamble
July 10 Ken Pond Memorial 3-Person Scramble
Dear Garden Golfer:
It is my sad duty to inform you that Garden Golf Course will close for golf July 17, 2010.
dad and I worked to build this course together, and giving it back to Mother Nature is
a very difficult thing for me to do. I’m sure, knowing how often you have the course to yourself,
that this is not a big surprise.
The business has been struggling for about 5 years,
as gas prices, fertilizer and other energy costs rose, memberships and open play
declined. It’s easy to see the problem. Over
the years I’ve tried various things without success to
help boost business and decrease expenses, for instance:
Lowered membership rates hoping to
get more members who would pull in additional non-membership business
· Worked to improve the quality of the course to draw additional local business
Studied new forms of course maintenance
to decrease fertilizer and chemical costs
· Advertised in Wisconsin to draw golfers from out of the local area
Began some business diversification
by adding vines and wine tasting
· Appealed to the tax review board to have exorbitant property taxes reduced
Advertised the course for sale for
½ the price of its taxable value
At this point we have exhausted
all of our funds, new ideas and physical energy and realize we
cannot continue. It
was my sincere intention to maintain the course through this summer and
fulfill all the obligations I feel have been made to my members.
I think it can be said that I conduct
business with integrity and do my best to keep my promises to my customers, employees
It’s very difficult to have to discontinue mid-season, however, I have peace of mind
knowing I’ve done
everything possible, and as I look back, even some things that now seem impossible, to keep all the balls in
my plan was to maintain the course through this summer and then down-size to 9 holes next year.
Upon further review of expenses,
it became apparent even this plan is not feasible. The business is not
generating enough money to pay for labor and
chemicals to maintain the course in a playable condition.
The club house will continue to be open for wine tasting and the club house dining
room will be open on
Thursday & Friday evenings with Open Jam on Thursday and Fish Fry and Buffet on Friday. I would like
to refund ½ of the year’s membership fee to you. I hope you feel this is fair
and will allow you to make
arrangements to play at another local course. You have been great supporters of the course
over the years,
and my appreciation for you cannot be overstated. Later
this summer I will begin liquidating all equipment,
including golf carts. Please let me know if you, or someone
you know, have an interest in purchasing a cart
or any of the other equipment.
Thank you for all the support
you’ve shown over the years, and for all the good memories of you happily
playing on the course that John and Sid built.
Times and circumstances change, but I’ll always remember
you in the good place the course holds in my heart.