Public Input Sought RE: Municipal Golf Course

From the City of Asheville:

PRESS RELEASE: City of Asheville seeking public input on  the Municipal Golf Course

The City of Asheville Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities Department is soliciting qualified companies to manage the day to day operations of the municipal golf course.  In February, a Request For Qualifications was issued with a closing date of March 22, 2022.  After companies submit Letters of Interest and Statements of Qualifications, staff will begin negotiation of terms and conditions to ultimately select and contract with the company that submitted the most advantageous offer for the City in relation to the long term well being of the historic course, the neighborhoods in the vicinity and key stakeholders; area golfers.

We want your input.

A public meeting will be held on March 29th in the East Asheville Library meeting room at 6:00 pm.  We are looking for community and stakeholder input to help guide the negotiations and subsequent contract with a new operator or an extension with the current operator Pope Golf LLC.

Unable to attend?  Please complete this SURVEY to provide your input.

Background

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course is owned by the City of Asheville and affectionately known by its patrons as the “Muni.” It is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina, having opened in 1927. A Donald Ross layout, it measures 6,379 from the championship tees and plays to a par 72. The course is heavily played, with an average of 41,600 starts per calendar year, 20% of which are started by annual passholders. The front nine is flat and wide open, while the back nine is tree-lined, with tight fairways, very hilly, and requires accuracy on every shot. The front nine and back nine are completely different, giving the golfers a wide variety of shot opportunities during their 18 holes of play.  The course was the first integrated golf course in the southeast.

In 2020, a local filmmaker documented a brief history of the course including the history of its prized annual Skyview Tournament.  The documentary aired on PBS and on the Golf Channel and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/JD6zySv1NM0

For more information about the Asheville Municipal Golf Course, visit https://www.ashevillegc.com/