Proposed Enger Park Golf Course renovation takes big step forward

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On Wednesday night, the City of Duluth laid out plans for about $7-million in renovations to Enger Park Golf Course.

The Public Golf Commission approved the targeted design concept for the renovations. It will now go to the Parks Commission and eventually the City Council for approval.

The concept includes leaving the existing course in place, and the driving range in its current location.

The renovation would be done in three phases, and includes a new irrigation system, new clubhouse, as well as improvements to fairways, and bunker renovations.

City officials say the priority of the renovation would be the new irrigation system.

"We know that we’ve had a failing irrigation system out there for awhile now, and we’re looking at replacing that with all 27 holes with a new modern system pump station, expanded irrigation ponds," said City of Duluth Parks Project Coordinator Todd Armbruster.

"We know that the irrigation system is in need of immediate attention. We also know that the clubhouse is unsatisfactory for the quality of experience and access that we want and need at the golf course," said City of Duluth Manager of Parks & Recreation Division Jessica Peterson.

City officials say the estimated $7-million cost for the renovation could be covered by $4 to $5 million in revenue bonding.

It could also be covered by proceeds from the sale of small group parcels for residential development, sponsorship, and community contributions.

A city spokesperson says they are evaluating all costs for the renovation, and will be looking for various funding sources.

The Public Golf Commission on Wednesday night also recommended selling 37.5 acres of land from Lester Park Golf Course to the Duluth Economic Development Authority.

The renovation work at Enger is planned for 2023 while the course is closed to golf play, and Lester Park Golf Course reopens for one final season.

Enger would then fully reopen in June, 2024.