Park District's golf committee to hold first meeting Monday

Posted: Jul. 5, 2013 9:10 am Updated: Jul. 19, 2013 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy Park Board is ready to take a closer look at Westview Golf Course.

The Park Board will reassemble a golf committee for a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Quincy Park District's new headquarters at 1231 Bonansinga Drive.

"We have to look at the long-term viability of maintaining and improving Westview," Board President John Frankenhoff said.

Frankenhoff is one of six board members who will make up the golf committee. Also on the committee are Commissioners Chris Blakeman, Tom Ernst, Chris Hogge, Patricia McGlothlin and Jeff Van Camp. No formal action will be taken during the meeting.

Any recommendations from the committee must be taken to the entire Park Board.

Abby Schlippmann is the only Park Board member who is not a member of the committee.

Westview's future has been a hot topic for the last few months. At the March board meeting, Westview pro Matt Burry proposed a plan that would change the back nine holes at the 27-hole facility into an executive par-3 course. That plan was tweaked to have the land that covers holes No. 19-27 converted into course with a mix of par-4 and par-3 holes that would allow enough room for a new practice facility.

The Park Board held a special meeting at Westview in late May that drew a standing-room only crowd of more than 100 people to the course's clubhouse.

Frankenhoff said it is important for the board to figure out how to help the course increase revenue. He said that golf committee, which has been dormant for at least a decade, was revived because of the recent issues regarding the course.

He said the committee also will talk about Westview fees and season pass prices. The members will also look at ideas raised by people who spoke at the special meeting.

"Really, the whole gamut of Westview operations will be reviewed," Frankenhoff said.

The golf committee is one of two special committees that the Park Board has, the other being the finance committee. The board's next regularly scheduled meeting is July 10.