Brooklyn Park OKs $3.4 million upgrades for 2 golf courses

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 5:55 AM
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Edinburgh USA Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on July 21, 2013.

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The Brooklyn Park City Council on Monday unanimously approved investing $3.4 million in the city’s two golf courses but held off on one proposal for now.

The $3.4 million includes nearly $2 million to improve greens, fairways, sand traps and other areas at Edinburgh USA and the nine-hole Brookland Golf Park, mostly in 2014. The council also forgave about $1.4 million in internal loans that the city has made to improve the golf program since 2001.

The council did not approve a recommended $2.5 million upgrade to the Edinburgh clubhouse and its driveways and parking area, opting instead to spend about $15,000 on an architect’s drawings of four options for the upgrade, said Jon Oyanagi, Recreation and Parks director. The upgrade would move the pro shop and improve accessibility.

The council also directed staff to explore leasing Edinburgh to a golf management firm and to report back by Oct. 1, 2014.

“I think the council demonstrated they truly support the value of the courses, especially Edinburgh USA, that it is an economic development engine and community asset,” Oyanagi said.

Jim Adams

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