City of Asheville to share updates on the Municipal Golf Course

Asheville Municipal Golf Course player on putting green
Asheville Municipal Golf Course

The City of Asheville Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities Department will present updates on the process of selecting a qualified company to manage the day to day operations of the Municipal Golf Course at a community meeting on September 1.  Topics of discussion will include rates, transitioning employees between companies and general topics of interest to golfers

 

Additionally, status updates related to grant applications and capital improvement projects will be given at the meeting.  A representative from the newly selected company will be present and available to take questions. City staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

 

The contract for the selected firm is on the agenda for review at City Council on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. 

 

The meeting will be held:

 September 1, 2022 

 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Community Center 

 285 Livingston Street 

 

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 yards 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/ 

Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities

The Department of Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities manages a unique collection of sporting & entertainment facilities and operations. Over 1.5 Million people participate in programs or attend events at the facilities, including the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville, ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, WNC Nature Center, McCormick Field, Aston Park Tennis Center, John B Lewis Soccer Complex and events permitted by the City’s Office of Outdoor Special Events.

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