More golfers spent more time on the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, generating more revenues than ever this year.

More golfers spent more time on the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, generating more revenues than ever this year.

Parks and recreation director Tony Collins said it's no accident.

"For the past few years, we've done things to enable us to stay open longer and handle the play from more golfers," he said.

According to recreation supervisor Shannon Clonch, the course was open 18 more days in 2009 than in 2008. It has seen a 17-percent increase in the number of rounds played, or about 2,600 more rounds played than in 2008.

Revenues have increased about $27,000 over 2008 revenues thus far. That's 10 percent above 2008 revenues through August.

Collins cited drainage improvements that allow the water, when it builds up on the course, to escape more quickly. Turf improvements allow golfers to get back on the course sooner, he said.

The addition of golf-cart paths also helped.

"There were days when we could be open and allow people to walk only on cart paths," Collins said.

Next year, Collins said, the department plans to focus more on golfer assistance.

"We need new, inexperienced golfers coming out, and they need to know the rules of play," he said.

The course, designed by Jack Kidwell, is a par 35. It has a tree-lined track and is considered a short but challenging course. Water comes into play on five of the nine holes. Three of the holes are protected by greenside bunkers.

The course originally was operated as a for-profit business. The city eventually bought the land.

One-year memberships at the course range from $255 to $357. Daily greens fees are $10 for adults and $8 for those under 18 or seniors. Motor-cart rentals are $5 per nine holes.

For more information, go to www.gahanna.gov and select the drop-down menu. The golf course is in the "Recreation" link.

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