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Sound Off: What were the original projections for the number of rounds at Eagle Bend Golf Course to make it break even, and has it met those goals yet?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: Eagle Bend Golf Course (which opened in 1998) operates as an enterprise fund, which means the city does not pay for operations and the course must sustain itself. The city does provide about $280,000 each year in sales tax proceeds to cover the bond and interest payments on Eagle Bend. The course is managed, and maintenance costs are adjusted annually, based on the income from operations (course fees, carts, concessions, etc.). The debt will be paid off in 2016 and then will operate completely on revenues from the course.

Comments

kansasredlegs 2 years, 1 month ago

Greatest job of not answering a very straight forward question that I've ever seen. Ms. Gilliland, your talents are being wasted at the local level, such talent belongs at the national level. Send your response to either campaign and I'm sure you can set your own price. Good luck during the rest of the election!

Bruce Rist 2 years, 1 month ago

The first two years it paid for itself, plus some, than just about every golf course in the are took a hit.

EB needs to do about 32,000-34,000 rounds a year. The most they ever did was about 40,000

Of course it depends how you count a "round" 9 or 18 holes. most times if you step on the first tee it's counted as a round. 9 or 18

paulveer 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for answering the sound-off question.

And J-W thanks you for doing their job.

steveguy 2 years, 1 month ago

Lower the cost. I go to Desoto to play golf and I only live 2 miles from Eagle Bend.. More people will play.

C.D. Henning 2 years, 1 month ago

From De Soto and recently had a 07:50 tee. Got there and was told we would go off after 10:00 because of a frost delay. Never say any frost on my 50 mile round trip. Won't be back.

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