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Officials work to cut costs and increase revenue at Schifferdecker Golf Course

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City of Joplin officials are working to cut costs and increase revenue at Schifferdecker Golf Course, after the 2015 budget leaves nearly a $140,000 deficit, about one-fifth of the course's overall budget.

The 92-year-old course averages around 23,000 rounds each year, and is in need of some improvements.

Dan Toney has been golfing at Schifferdecker for the past five years.

He says the low rates keep him coming back.

"I just think you get a lot for your money," Toney said. "You go to different places in the country and you pay a lot more to play golf than you do here, so I think it's a good deal."

City officials say those rates, which have not been raised in ten years, may now have to be increased by a couple dollars or so, to help cover the shortfall.

"We may need to look at increasing prices so we can continue to create a model that's sustainable," said Scott Garrie, Assistant Director for the Parks & Recreation Department.  "Then on the flip side, we need to do our due diligence and find ways to cut costs."

Garrie say one way to cut costs is through leasing maintenance equipment and golf carts, 40 of which need to be replaced.

"That's why we're trying to consider the lease, because we could get 40 new carts and actually cut the deficit," Garrie said.

Aeration equipment could also be leased to improve the quality of grass on the greens, which golfers have noted as being too spongy in some areas.

Garrie says they also hope to add golf programs, which would provide opportunities for some grant funding through the Professional Golf Association.

"The demand is there," Garrie said. "People want to play. People want to learn, and we've just got to find ways to continue to make it accessible and affordable."

"There are always improvements that can be made," Toney said.  "I think they do well with the funding that they have. If they had some increased funding , I'm sure that they'd make the course an even better place to play."

City officials plan to have a work session to discuss all ideas for increasing revenue at Schifferdecker Golf Course, sometime within the next couple months.
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