Clapp Golf Course to close after 106 years

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (WBJ) -

Clapp Golf Course will close Aug. 2 after 106 years, as the Wichita City Council authorized its Park Department on Tuesday to continue to look at ways to transform the southeast Wichita land into redesigned green space.

A year ago, the Council voted to keep the course open while a transformation committee began to look at uses for the property at 4611 E. Harry.

"This is probably one of the most difficult things I've had to tackle in my years on the Council," said James Clendenin, who represents District 3 in which Clapp resides.

The vote authorizes the city to develop a Capital Improvement Plan budget for a master plan establishing three development scenarios developed by the transformation committee.

Clapp has long been the city's least-played golf course, seeing a 61-percent decrease in rounds played since 2011. A 2018 golf sustainability report said the course lost more than $888,000 from 2011-18. The Park Department has said the course has needed the most repair of the five city-owned courses.

Council members reiterated that golf could still be an element of the green space after three residents implored the Council to study Clapp's spending and operations, including by the National Golf Foundation.

Clendenin organized the committee that is looking for new ways to use the city land. He said members of the community surrounding Clapp Park have been excited at the prospects of different amenities that are possible.

More from the Wichita Business Journal