Ann Arbor dot Com is reporting that the City of Ann Arbor once again is considering privatizing the Huron Hills golf course (shown above). But the plan makes no sense:
As for golf, (Jayne) Miller (City Community Services Administrator) said city staff has been approached by two different businesses interested in public-private partnerships for the Huron Hills Golf Course.
The basic concept both businesses have recommended, Miller said, would convert the front seven holes to a driving range, while retaining the back 11 holes for golf. She said if such a partnership were established, city staff believes it would minimize the city’s financial risks.
An eleven hole course with a mega driving range? Dumb. There’s already a surplus of driving range spaces in the area, what with Miles of Golf, Indian Trails, Stonebridge, Zeeb, Lake Forest, Brookside, Pine View and other privately run ranges. Adding a public-private range in competition would only hurt the privately owned businesses.
Further, an eleven hole course, over some of the hilliest terrain you’ll ever see, with seven fours and four threes has no appeal whatsoever. I’ve also thought over the routing, and thanks to the hills and valleys, I really don’t see a way to easily convert it to a nine with a better mix of holes.
They might as well close the entire thing.