Golfers concerned about future of MacDonald Golf Course


Yet again Wichita finds itself dealing with the possibility of losing one of its golf courses.

An unsolicited offer was presented to the city this week, by well-known developer Johnny Stevens, to purchase the Macdonald Golf Course.

Some golfers say they are concerned about the city selling the course, but next week it will hear an offer from well-known developer Johnny Stevens.

“It is very much a mental game,” says golfer David Paul.

If you aren’t sharp at MacDonald golf course you’ll pay.

Another golfer, Brad Saigg, adds, “You get punished for not going in the fairway here.”

Despite the challenging course people like playing there.

“It used to be Wichita’s Country Club,” says Saigg. “I like the degree of difficulty.”

It’s convenient.

“We didn’t even have a tee time. We just decided to come play and in other cities you can’t do that.”

It’s affordable.

Another golfer Josh Primm adds, “It is great it is a public course. It has been out here for years.”

It’s also up for sale.

“I would hate to see another Wichita golf course kind of fall by the wayside.”

“They are talking about closing Clapp. We already lost Echo Hills. We lost Braeburn at WSU,” says Saigg.

Developer Johnny Stevens will propose a deal for the purchase next week.

“If it were entertained at a serious level, that the community still benefits, golf will still be affordable and still be open to the community members at large, lessons will still be there, and pretty much life as it is today will not change in a drastic way,” says District 1 Councilmen Brandon Johnson. 

That is what Johnson hopes. He says he does not want to privatize land and it not benefit the community. But technically, it doesn’t have to remain a golf course.

“It is kind of just free land at that point,” says Johnson.

Primm says, “I hope they keep it a golf course and that it remains public.”

Brandon Johnson says they will entertain the offer, until golfers say they feel a degree of uncertainty as yet another Wichita golf course hangs in the balance.

Saigg says, “I don’t know if they are going to sell it or if they are going to keep it a golf course.

“My initial thought is I hope it doesn’t happen,” adds Paul.

Johnson says the city already made a more than $1.5 million commitment to improve the First Tee Youth golf program. He says that is something they will have to consider when hearing the proposal next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.. at the city council chambers. KSN reached out to Johnny Stevens but have not heard back yet on what his proposal will include.

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