Tulsa mayor says city not going to shed Page Belcher

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Tulsa World story: Mayor says city has no intention of getting rid of golf courses

Okay, back to square one. The City of Tulsa through Mayor G.T. Bynum recognizes that it owns golf courses with limited appeal to outside investors due to all the deferred maintenance issues – not to mention the legal nightmare of selling this particular property – which means the city needs to come up with a plan to stop letting them deteriorate. What are the real issues at Page Belcher, how far gone is it and what will it take to get back to being one of the top public facilities in the region? (hint, it’s not as bad as you might think but it’s going to take some dollars and a commitment). We’ll be looking at that and the options out there that spurred the city to do these appraisals. Stay tuned.

And thanks to Kevin Canfield of the TW for bringing the city’s quandary with golf to a wider audience. Would hate to see Tulsa, always recognized as a great golf city, look foolish when the Senior PGA Championship and PGA Championship arrive over the next few years.

Mostly would like to see a plan enacted that will allow PB to be the long-term showcase home for affordable public golf that it was envisioned to be by those city leaders who conceived it and built it in the first place.  – Ken MacLeod


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