Revenue continues to perform well at Lions Club Municipal Golf Course and with the new equipment that was purchased last month, crews have been better able to keep the courses in top condition.
And, it seems, word of mouth continues to spread about the condition of the golf course.
At a meeting of the El Dorado Parks and Playgrounds Commission on Tuesday, LCMGC Director Danny Carelock and Commissioner David Hurst said they met three golfers from out of town who recently traveled to El Dorado to participate in a round of golf at the Lions Club.
âWe had three people that came over from Louisiana last week and they said, ‘Hey, we heard you had a nice golf course and we’re going to play it,’â said Hurst. “I’m sure they got good feedback.”
Hurst highlighted new equipment purchased with tax funding from El Dorado Works, a one-cent municipal sales tax initiative that targets economic development, municipal infrastructure and quality of life projects.
The tax is administered by the El Dorado Works Board, to which the El Dorado Parks and Playgrounds equipment has applied for funding for the improvement of the city’s parks, including the LCMGC.
Fifteen percent of El Dorado Works tax revenue is spent on community development projects, with 6 percent going to parks and playgrounds, including sports, recreation and outdoor venues and projects.
Between December and July, the EPPC made several pitches to the works committee to help finance the park improvement plan.
After spending months fine-tuning the proposal to clarify information and issues raised by ISF, EPPC obtained approval for the first part of the funding request in June.
The package included a used fairway mower and two new utility carts for the golf course.
The mower grossed just over $ 38,000 and the carts totaled just over $ 18,000.
The costs were within budgeted amount – $ 38,340 for the mower and $ 9,262 each for the utility carts.
âThis gear that we got from our El Dorado Works Boardâ¦ on the fairway mower, I mean, it’s like a day and night difference in the fairways,â said Hurst. “They’re just smooth. It’s beautiful. Everyone’s talking about it – about the beauty of the course.”
Commissioner Alexis Alexander added: “I have also heard similar comments – about the beauty of the picture.”
Carelock agreed the course is in “excellent shape”.
âDespite all the rain, we had five inches of rain last week and it’s hard to mow the grass because it grows so fast,â Carelock said.
He said the fairway mower helped with the maintenance and thanked the commissioners for their efforts to secure financing for the purchase.
Lions Club teams were able to fertilize the greens before the recent rains.
âThey are in great shapeâ¦ It could be a little better but with the limited staff we have there they are doing a very good job,â he said.
The game went well at LCMGC as well, but with fall approaching and area schools returning, Carelock said activity has started to slow down.
Weekends have been particularly busy at Lions Club and Carelock said the golf course is also booked for several tournaments, including a tournament scheduled for this weekend with 19 or 20 teams.
High school tournaments are on average once a week at Lions Club and although tournaments do not generate “a lot of income” there is usually an increase in golf cart rental fees from parents of players. who watch tournaments, Carelock said.
“We have one today, actually,” he said. “We’re probably going to empty the (wagon) barn today. They have 40 players.”
Carelock said the SHARE Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for September 18, has about 16 teams on a 72-team field and slots are expected to be filled by tournament weekend.
A women’s golf tournament slated for September 28 typically attracts players from out of town.
Parks and Playgrounds Commissioner Karen Hicks asked if there is a way to track the number of overnight stays generated by golf tournaments that attract players from out of town.
âI have no way of knowing that unless I ask them,â Carelock said.
El Dorado commissioner and city council member Andre Rucks noted that the El Dorado Advertising and Promotion Commission collects a 3% accommodation tax from local hotels.
âI know restaurants are doing business because they always ask me where to eat,â Carelock said.
Alexander asked if the Insider is available to visitors to the Lions Club.
The Insider is a quarterly magazine that highlights people, places, attractions, points of interest and events in El Dorado and is partially funded by the A&P Commission.
Alexander noted that the fall issue of the magazine, which is now available, contains a coupon / discount booklet for local restaurants as part of the second annual El Dorado Food Festival, which begins in October.
âI think it will be good to have that out there,â Alexander said.
Hicks said she would deliver copies of the magazine to the golf course.
EPPC President Ken Goudy said âJuly has been a good monthâ for Lions Club revenue.
Revenue was $ 35,473 for July, up from $ 37,449 in July 2020.
Cumulative income for the year has increased 1%, or $ 1,554, at the golf course this year.