Winter Park is bucking a trend by not only keeping its golf course open, but giving it a makeover, feeling the facility is too integral a part of the community to dispense with.
The city is looking for a contractor to undertake a $1.2 million project to make the 40-acre, nine hole facility much more playable.
The 100-year-old golf course certainly has the loyalty of the city.
The course "is one of the main treasures Winter Park has and we want to bring it up to Winter Park standards," said Winter Park spokeswoman Clarissa Howard. "It hasn't been renovated in decades and desperately needs it."
According to the city's request for proposals, the renovation's goal is to "create an affordable and enjoyable first-class golf experience that is a genuine reflection of the city, its residents and its heritage." Once completed, "this renovation will provide an enduring landmark in the City of Winter Park where family memories are made and the game of golf can be grown."
All facets -- "the look, feel, and play" -- of the course are to be improved, with all new grass to be laid down and the irrigation system replaced, according to the RFP.
Proposals are due Oct. 26. Selection of a contractor is expected by mid-November. The project is planned to begin March 1 and end around May 31, 2016.
Opening day for the new course is pegged for Sept. 15, 2016.
While golf courses have been closing in Central Florida because of high operating costs and sporadic use, those aligned with municipalities have recently done better.
In addition to the Winter Park project, Casselberry in August bought its community golf course for $2.2 million, saying it wanted to keep intact a local fixture. The nearly 70-year-old course has been around just about as long as Casselberry.