The fate of Clapp Golf Course still hangs in limbo. Will it be closed or will it remain open?
City leaders say they are leaning toward shutting it down but that did not stop golfers from voicing their opinions at a meeting on Thursday.
“I would like to see the city stop worrying about pulling in a profit,” says Alan Trenary, Wichitan.
“It is so sad really to hear they are closing,” says Florentino Tason. “In here, I had one hole in one so that means to me.”
Clapp Golf Course means a lot to people. That’s why nearly 100 people came out to a meeting to talk about its future. But councilman James Clendenin spoke like the course’s fate has been decided. His focus shifted to putting together a master plan group to talk about the best uses of the land once it is closed.
“We will make sure they are advertised through the neighborhood associations,” says Clendenin.
Mayor Jeff Longwell was more direct as to why it will likely close.
“This golf course lost $300,000 last year,” he says.
One man asked, “How much has MacDonald lost?”
This discussion was strictly about Clapp. The mayor said it is a budget issue mainly because it is the most expensive course to water but the land has value as green space. Maybe even still keeping some type of golf on it.
“What that green space looks like, we need to be open to a lot of different ideas,” Longwell says.
Even still, many people are fighting to keep the course open.
“It is a shame to ruin the investment our grandparents and past generations put in,” says Trenary.
“I love this course,” Tason adds.
Most of the talk was about green space and trying to keep the land natural, like walkways or trails. All of that is uncertain. The only certainty is that the fate of the golf course comes down to a city council vote.