September 01, 2018 09:38 PM
The City of St. Paul is looking into possibly re-purposing the Highland 9-Hole Golf Course.
That's the smaller course across the street from Highland National Golf Course, near Hamline Avenue and Edgecumbe Road.
Colleen Watson has been teeing off at Highland 9-Hole Golf Course in St. Paul for 20 years.
"This is probably the finest 9-hole .. this executive 9-hole because it's got a few longer holes, which gives you the challenge of using your driver and your mid-woods," said Watson.
But the course she and friends have grown to love may soon be gone.
"It's the older people that have been here and coming and we get our exercise by getting out and enjoying the fresh air," said Watson.
Ward 3 Councilman Chris Tolbert said parents have complained about the lack of sports fields throughout the area. He said using the land for other purposes shouldn't be a problem.
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"In a built-out city, there isn't a lot of extra park space," Tolbert said. "In the modern world today, is 27 holes of golf right next to each other the best use of the limited park space that we have?"
Not everyone thinks that idea is a hole-in-one.
"Yes, I know the little kids need more places to play, but what about us? Good grief," said Watson. "Where are we going to go and have a good time?"
Tolbert said a $30,000 study is in the preliminary stages. City leaders have to figure out how much it would take to even out certain parts of the land.
They also need neighbors' take on what kind of fields they want to see.
"It could come back and say 'Let's have no change,'" said Tolbert. "It could come back and say ... 'This is a couple of different options that we can have here.'"
No matter the outcome, Watson would like the city to look someplace else.
"There's got to be other places for them to play. We need our course," said Watson.
Tolbert said he is not sure how long the study will take. The Parks and Recreation Department will be doing different community outreach events for feedback.
Updated: September 01, 2018 09:38 PM
Created: September 01, 2018 05:16 PM
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