- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - The Trenton Street Golf Course will close on Dec. 31 leaving it to West Monroe officials to find alternative uses.

Mayor Dave Norris told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1u6qAqx) he intends to keep the property available as some form of recreational use for local residents.

“We don’t want to be hasty and do anything erratically, but I don’t think we will run it as a golf course. They’ve been losing money for some time. It appears golf is trending down as an activity and I don’t think it would be a viable option.

“It’s just hard to justify the expense involved in running a golf course. It’s difficult to maintain because a lot of specialized equipment is needed, Norris said.

Norris has asked the city board of aldermen for suggestions.

The 64-acre course and driving range opened in 2002 after Matt Owens of Owens Properties leased the property from the city of West Monroe and reconstructed what was formerly Riverside Golf Course.

Owens no longer wants to maintain the golf course, citing economic factors, and has declined to renew his lease for 2015.

The golf course has seen a sharp decline in the number of patrons since 2008 when the economy took a downturn, Owens said.

“It costs the same amount for us to maintain it whether one person plays or 100 play,” Owens said. “It costs a good bit to maintain 64 acres. A lot of golf courses just aren’t making it. I’ve read in Forbes more than 200 close a year due to the decline of the middle class,” Owens said.

Owens believes the city will utilize some of the property as a walking park.


Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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