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MTAS Golf Course Survey

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Reviewed Date: May 30, 2017

Original Author: 
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Date Created: 
Feb 21, 2013


Subjects:
Parks and recreation--Facilities--Golf courses

MTAS Golf Course Survey

Summary: 
Four cities were asked several questions about their golf courses, including operations, funding, green fees, usage by local colleges and high schools, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2012

Knowledgebase-MTAS Golf Course Survey

MTAS Golf Study Survey Summary of Responses

City and Contact City Owned Golf Courses Contact Response Survey Completed
Chattanooga

Eddie Taylor, Director of Golf Courses
taylor_eddie@chattanooga.gov
· Brainerd
· Brown Acres
Spoke with Larry Zehnder, Parks and Recreation Administrator, who said that he would contact Eddie Taylor for me. Sent the survey by email on 11/6/2012 Yes—see responses below
Knoxville

Karen Briggs, Administrative Supervisor
kbriggs@cityofknoxville.org
· Whittle Springs
· Knoxville Municipal
· Williams Creek
Spoke with Karen Briggs, who was able to answer the first two questions, but did not know specific amounts for all revenue sources for the FY 2011-2012. Sent survey by email on 11/6/2012 Partial – see responses below
Memphis

Sandy Allen
sandra.allen@memphistn.gov
· Audubon
· Davy Crockett
· Fox Meadows
· Galloway
· Pine Hill
Spoke with Sandy Allen and emailed the survey per Ms. Allen’s request on 11/6/2012 No
Nashville

Sally Davis, Superintendent Golf Operations
sally.davis@nashville.gov

· Shelby
· Ted Rhodes
· Two Rivers
Spoke with Sally Davis and emailed the survey per Ms. Davis’s request on 11/5/2012 No


Survey Responses Received

Chattanooga:
Your name: Eddie Taylor Your city: Chattanooga
Your title: Director, Golf Courses Your contact #: 423.421.5405
Name of your course (if more than one, please complete a survey for each course, unless multiple courses are budgeted together, in which case complete only one survey and combine the data):
Course name: Brainerd & Brown Acres Is the course 9 holes or 18 holes? 18
1. Does your City own the course? Yes
a. If not, under what type of arrangement does it operate?

2. How is the course operated?
a. As a Department within the City (if so, to whom does the Director of Golf report?).
I report to the Administrator of Parks and Recreation
b. Course management is contracted to a private firm.
c. Course is leased to a private firm.
d. Operated by an independent Board of Directors (if so how are Board members appointed?).
e. Other arrangement (please explain).

3. For fiscal year 2011-2012 (from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) what were your sources of revenue:
Revenue Source:Amount $
Greens fees: 818,593
Cart/equipment rentals: 564,547
Private cart usage/storage fees: 0
Membership dues: 133,095
Pro Shop sales: 152,660
Concession revenues: 189,259
Transfer from the City: 0
All Other Revenues: 0
Total FY 2011-12 Revenues: 1,858,154

Note: Who receives Pro Shop revenues? City of Chattanooga receives al l revenues

4. For fiscal year 2011-2012 (from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) what were your expenditures:
ExpenditureAmount $
Personnel: 957,632
Capital improvements course: 140,000
Capital improvements equipment: 0
Debt Service: 0
Depreciation: 0
Contract for Course management or operation (if applicable): 0
Sales/property taxes (if applicable): 0
All Other Expenditures: 861,391
Total FY 2011-12 Expenditures:1,959,023

Note: The capital improvements are from a Parks and Recreation appropriated fund. The golf courses currently transfer $100,000 per year to the general fund that is reflected in the above figure of 861,391

5. Do any colleges or high schools use this course as their official home course? yes

· If so, who are they: Notre Dame, Boyd Buchanan, Chattanooga Christian, East Hamilton
· How do they compensate the course and at what level? $5.00 per player per 9 holes

6. For FY 2011-2012 (i.e. July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) how many rounds of golf were played?
75,289
7. How many members did the course have over this same period of time?
243 (we refer to them as annual passes)

8. What are your current fees:
· Annual membership (without cart or range balls): 1,050.00
· Weekday round: 20.00
· Weekday round with cart: 33.00
· Weekend round: 25.00
· Weekend round with cart: 38.00

9. Please estimate the percentage increase or (decrease) in the following over the past two fiscal years :
· Number of members: -2.4%
· Number of rounds played: +6%
· Revenues: +7.9%
· Expenditures: +1.7
Knoxville:
Your name: Karen Briggs Your city: Knoxville
Your title: Administrative Supervisor Your contact #: (865) 215-4311

Name of your course (if more than one, please complete a survey for each course, unless multiple courses are budgeted together, in which case complete only one survey and combine the data):
Course name: Whittle Springs & Knoxville Municipal are budgeted together
Williams Creek is separate Is the course 9 holes or 18 holes? All courses 18

1. Does your City own the course? Yes No

a. If not, under what type of arrangement does it operate?

2. How is the course operated?
a. As a Department within the City (if so, to whom does the Director of Golf report?).
b. Course management is contracted to a private firm. – Whittle Springs and Knoxville Municipal
c. Course is leased to a private firm.
d. Operated by an independent Board of Directors (if so how are Board members appointed?). Williams Creek is a non-profit operated by a Board of Directors
e. Other arrangement (please explain).


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