Dear Golfers

We heard you! Through a survey with 1,200 of our golfers last year, we identified capital improvements to our courses and facilities that are necessary to providing the experience that our customers want and have come to expect. 40 – 68% of golfers felt we should invest in capital improvements and repairs to remain competitive (percentage varied by course). Thank you for sharing feedback with us.

To make these improvements, Spokane Parks and Recreation is implementing a Facility Improvement Fee (FIF) at all of our golf courses. This will repay a $7.5M loan for capital investments we secured in April 2018. The $1 – 4 fee will directly fund improvements at all four golf courses.

2018 Facility Impact Fees

2018 Facility Impact Fees

Because year one's FIF comes mid-season due to loan timing, the Park Board felt it was important to avoid a significant fee increase for golfers who have already purchased memberships.

In 2018, the Facility Impact Fees will be:

$1 — discount card and multiple play card members
$2 — 9-hole rack rates, junior rate, sunset rate
$4 — 18-hole rack rates, tournaments not yet booked
$0 — Unlimited memberships

The Park Board will vote on 2019 rates later this year; members may see an additional increase.

Projects funded by the Facility Improvement Fee

Planned Projects

  • New irrigation system and HVAC at Indian Canyon (Fall 2018 – early Summer 2019) Anticipated cost: $2.1M
    • Improved turf quality, reduction in operating costs, water conservation, increased level of service
    • The current system was installed in 1936 and currently leaks 27 gallons per minute
    • Expect to reduce water use by 30%, saving over 16M gallons of water per year
  • New irrigation and HVAC system at Esmeralda (2019)
  • New irrigation system at Downriver (2020/2021)
  • New irrigation system at the Creek at Qualchan (2021/2022)

Additional Projects

All four courses will see capital improvements over the next few years.

We are still in the planning phase, and will ask for your feedback to prioritize projects with a survey coming out summer 2018.

Based on 2017 survey feedback, the additional improvements may include: bunkers, hazards, practice facilities, greens, cart paths, on-course upgrades, club houses and infrastructure, parking lots, and lighting.

Needs across all courses are likely $16M. This loan will help us accomplish about half the list, and set us up for continued improvements.

Learn more about the improvements.