Lincoln's public golf courses could be facing a big overhaul.
Recent economic declines at the city's five courses have lead to recommendations by the National Golf Federation. Instead of operating like public accommodations, the NGF suggests the courses act like businesses, with a "golf administrator" position created to help achieve that goal.
The study said there should be re-branding to make each course unique and reach a wider market, but some disagree.Will Harris, a Lincoln golfer, said, "We shouldn't be trying to take money away from the private sector to finance our golf game, it's a golf course, you should be catering to golfers."
The Federation said a perfect storm of issues has put the golf courses in this situation, from the national recession, to increased competition and even the recent drought.
A second public meeting is planned for later this month or early November and will involve focused questions and discussion groups.