Dan Moris, head golf pro at Eagle Valley, said there were several factors that led to the early-season success at the city’s municipal course.
The nice weather to start the season prompted the course to open earlier than usual, and golfers likely got into the habit of playing sooner, he said.
“They do end up playing a bit more because of that,” Moris said.
Still, he noted that there were other warm springs between 2004 and 2012, and a few weekend days were cut short this May due to rain.
Meanwhile, the Royal Club at Eagle Valley—which gives members reduced rates and other benefits—has increased by 200, Moris said. And at noon on weekends Eagle Valley goes back to the weekday rate, he said, and tee times have been filling up more quickly during weekend afternoons.
Word is getting around, Moris said, and he anticipated 220 golfers would play there on Thursday, “which is positively phenomenal.”
The course is also in better shape than last year, when several greens were harmed by the harsh winter, Moris said.
“It’s night and day versus last year,” he said. “This year the golf course is in fantastic shape, and we’re hearing that from our customers.”
The city has been working to improve the financial standing of the golf course. While the course breaks even from an operations standpoint, it has had trouble keeping up with debt and capital needs.
The Eagle Valley Golf Course Task Force in April released its three-year plan for turning around the financial standing of the course. The task force found that the course should have a minimum operating income target of $157,500, “based on the capital replacement schedule (exclusive of major items such as clubhouse and irrigation system of about $2 million in present value),” according to a city memo.
Eagle Valley has drawn interest from others who are looking to purchase a golf course in the area. See: Group Interested in Buying Eagle Valley Golf Course