Foster Park golf course reopens months after flooding

Foster Park Golf Course is open again after crews spent the summer cleaning up storm damage.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) For the first time in months golfers are on teeing off at Foster Park Golf Course.

The course was closed after severe flooding in June covered nearly 80 percent of the grounds.

Before the flooding, golfing at Foster Park was a routine Sam Jenkins rarely missed.

“Every day. Every day. It’s beautiful out here,” Jenkins said about how often he visits the course.

That was until the flooding in June shut the operation down.

“We lost five greens totally, eleven other green partially,” golf operations manager Rick Hemsoth said. “Most of our fairway grass and most of our tees.”

Hemsoth said between the revenue lost and repairs the course lost $250,000 this summer. Over the past few months crews have been reseeding and removing more than 30 trees from the course.

“We lost some strategic trees that were placed over the years in ways that made the hole play a certain way, so they will notice that but as far as the quality of the golf course it’s very good right now,” Hemsoth said.

Jenkins said looking at the green course now, it’s hard to believe it was under several feet of water just a few months ago.

“They got some of the trees out of my way, so that’s a good thing,” Jenkins said. “It looks good. Next summer it should be in really good shape. They did a good job. Whoever they had out here did a great job.”

Hemsoth said the course will stay open through the second week of November. He said depending on the weather the season could be extended to make up for the lost time and revenue.

Fall fees will be in place with nine holes of golf costing $10.00 and 18 holes costing $16.00.

Tee times can be reserved online by clicking here, or golfers can call 260-427-6735.

 

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