Ramsey County budget proposal aims to close Maplewood golf course

The proposal aims to close the golf course after the 2020 season.
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Budget plans for 2020-21 in Ramsey County include the idea of closing The Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course. 

The proposal would close the 9-hole course in Maplewood following the 2020 season, citing The Ponds at Battle Creek as the "lowest performing golf course" under the control of Ramsey County Parks & Recreation. 

Future plans yet to be discussed would aim to repurpose the golf course "to better serve the community." 

"This decision will no doubt stir emotions from those who are fond of this golf course," the proposal reads. "However, leadership decisions require the ability to take a long-term view and make decisions that will provide residents with the greatest benefit over time. 

"The challenge will be conducting effective community engagement while managing communications about the process moving forward."

The Ponds at Battle Creek is one of three golf courses under the eye of Ramsey County Parks & Recreation. The budget says capital investments will be made at Manitou and Goodrich golf courses, coupled with a new pricing model that will make them more competitive priced compared to other "quality premium, midrange and value golf course options." 

You can read the Parks & Recreation section beginning on page 170 of the Ramsey County budget proposal

Public hearings regarding the budget will be held Aug. 29 and Nov. 25. Residents can sign up to speak at the hearings or provide online comments through this link

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners will vote on a final budget Dec. 17. 

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