City Council lauded for support of golf course

March 27, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated March 26, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

This is an open letter to the Victoria City Council.

Thank you for finally realizing that the Riverside Golf Course is an asset of the city that brings significant revenue into the city and deserves some funding to further improve the facility.

I have played at Riverside with people from Canada, Houston, Minnesota and any number of Texas cities. Some of these have been in Victoria for several days, some for three months. This undoubtedly brings dollars to Victoria.

Riverside Golf Course was developed at little or no cost to the city, and is likely the only park facility that has not required significant funding by the city. If I recall correctly, the Texas Zoo receives large funding, the hike and bike trail, Tracy Park, Little League and softball fields and other parks are all built and maintained solely by city dollars. I challenge council members and park personnel to check usage of all these facilities, and I believe you will find that Riverside Golf Course is used by as many or more citizens and visitors than any of the others. It is also the only one I know of that has user fees cover operation and upkeep costs.

For the record, my fees at Riverside Golf Course have increased some 78 percent over the past 10 years, and I note that some of my friends have dropped their memberships because of the cost increase, so there is a problem when a council member says they need to increase fees so they can do all these improvements without asking the council for money. At some point, raising user fees decreases usage, and total revenue decreases rather than increases.

Finally, what is wrong with providing some funding for a recreational facility for citizens? Just because it is golf that some prefer, this should not make them ineligible for assistance.

Elvin Koehn, Victoria



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