Talks to bolster Wichita's L.W. Clapp Golf Course

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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WICHITA, Kan. - City-owned L-W Clapp Golf Course is one of the oldest in Wichita, going back more than 60 years.

But it's struggled to keep up lately, losing money and players. Tonight, city officials and board of park commissioners heard feedback from the public on how to get Clapp out of its financial sand trap.

"The community has spoken loud and clear," said Parks Board President Bryan Frye. "They want Clapp Golf Course to remain open as an 18-hole golf course. And that is the board's intention as well and we're trying to find ways that we can keep that a reality."

City officials considered shutting the course down back in 2011, but nearby residents rallied against it.

Then, back in January, word that a developer wanted to buy 90-thousand square feet on the northeast corner of the course for a retail business.

It had people near the greens, seeing red.

"If they wanted to make a botanical garden out of it, I couldn't object. I'm not a golfer," said Richard Brown, a supporter of the golf course. " I haven't played golf in 50 years. But we can't afford to continue to gobble up green space and developers abhor green space."

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