Men from St. John’s Community Church wanted a community service project, so they decided to put a little elbow grease into improving Glen Lakes Golf Course.
“Barrel District Councilmember Bart Turner held a meeting with citizens and the Save Glen Lakes Golf Course when they found out the city may be selling it,” St. John’s Community Church men’s group volunteer Phil Erickson said.
Erickson said the men’s group had been looking for some community service to volunteer in the city when the opportunity to improve the golf course came to mind.
“After the meeting, (Turner) said the course needed curbs painted and that they needed new signs on the driving range,” Erickson said. “The driving range signs were pretty well washed out and you almost couldn’t read the yardage numbers.”
Nine volunteers met with Glen Lakes General Manager Barry Hand and asked how they could help improve the course.
“We got together with Jane Bachman (leader of the Save Glen Lakes Golf Course group) and decided to try and help,” Erickson said.
The Save Glen Lakes group has been fighting to save the course from sale to developers for possible redevelopment of the land. Reports have said the city has three possible options for the land, including investing millions of taxpayer dollars for renovation, selling the course to a land developer to remain a golf course, or selling the land to a private developer with a green buffer zone required for any development.
Erickson, who said his group is hoping the course remains, decided he needed to do something.
“We got together with representatives from Lowe’s on Northern Ave., who donated all the plywood and paint to paint the curbs and signs,” Erickson said. “The members of the men’s group then spent an entire Saturday painting all the curbs at the course.”
After getting the supplies donated, the men decided to go to work.
“We spent nearly a month designing, cutting the plywood and painting the signs,” Erickson said. “Then we got together and took them and installed them on the driving range at Glen Lakes.”
Erickson said the men’s group’s main reason for volunteering their time to improve the course is to show city staff that they want the city to continue to improve the course and keep it open as a golf course.
“Our main purpose is to try and get enough citizens and organizations involved so we can keep it as a golf course,” Erickson said. “I know there are enough citizens who have played this course and want to see it remain. It is historical and an important part of the city, and we feel it can be turned around with a little elbow grease.”