The Administration and Planning Department of Milwaukee County, USA, is looking for a contract to install synthetic turf putting greens and tee boxes at Zablocki Park Golf Course.
The nine-hole golf course is set to become the first public golf course in Milwaukee County to feature synthetic turf as a pilot programme.
The department wants to see how much money it can save on water, staff time and fertilizer by installing synthetic turf greens in the parks system.
Funding for the project will come out of the county’s allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars.
A USD21.9 million ARPA spending package was allocated in 2022 that was aimed at projects that will save money in the long term. Included in that package was just over USD6 million for irrigation and golf cart paths at county golf courses.
“The idea being that a new irrigation system saves staff time and new cart paths increase the lucrative golf cart rentals. The funding for the new greens at Zablocki will be pulled from this allocation,” Jeremy Lucas, Director of Administration and Planning told local publication Urban Milwaukee.
Golf has become a critical element for the cash-strapped parks system because of the revenue it brings in annually.