FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| September 16, 2013
Jim Dunwiddie, Director
Kitsap County Parks Department
Village Greens Golf Course winter closure announced
Orchard) - Due to budget constraints, a difficult decision has been
reached in order to balance the Parks Department budgets for 2013 and 2014.
The Village Greens Golf Course will close during November, December,
January, and February. The last day open for 2013 is November 3rd. The
course will re-open mid-March, 2014. This decision to close was difficult.
Several factors were considered in reaching this decision.
"During the winter months the golf course generates extremely low revenue,"
according to Jim Dunwiddie, Parks Director for Kitsap County. "The ongoing
cost of staffing the golf shop and course maintenance as well as the
winter utility costs greatly exceed the revenue generated through keeping
the course open."
Billie Schmidt, Operations Superintendent, thanks those who enjoyed using
the course this season, and invites other players to continue to come out
and play this fall and next season. Schmidt added the “golfers have noticed
that our dedicated team has put the green back into Village Greens.”
In addition to closing during winter, the course will also close on Mondays and Tuesdays. "These are the days with the lightest use at Village
Greens," Dunwiddie added. Current permanent staff working at the golf shop
will be laid off. This move better aligns revenues with expenditures and
assures a future for the facility. Current annual members will be given a
The Village Greens Golf Course has operated as a financially,
self-sufficient facility since the County regained management in 2009. The
course has operated as “taxpayer neutral” since that time. Revenue from the
course needs to offset the operating and maintenance needed to run the
facility. "The County’s General Fund is not a source of funds to subsidize
the operation which results in these difficult decisions to reduce
operational expenses," according to Dunwiddie.
Information about Village Greens Golf Course is available online at
www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com. Information about the Kitsap County
Parks Department is available online at