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Published: Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Municipal golf courses in the fiscal rough

  • Hole 17 at Walter E. Hall Golf Course in Everett.

    The Herald, 2011

    Hole 17 at Walter E. Hall Golf Course in Everett.

In the recession, people played less and spent less. Golf courses, like so many other businesses, took a hit. That included courses owned by local governments. Lynnwood has been struggling for months to decide the future of its course. As of this writing, officials still haven't sorted it out. Where are the publicly owned golf courses, and how's business?

Five golf courses in Snohomish County are owned by local governments, four by cities and one by the county. Everett and county courses are operated under contracts with private vendors. Lynnwood and Marysville run their own operations. Lynnwood is considering outsourcing operations.

There were six publicly owned courses until January, when Mountlake Terrace closed Ballinger Lake Golf Course.

All the publicly owned courses in the county have 18 holes. Staffing, especially part-timers, varies by season. The busy season starts soon. Most saw rounds played go up in 2012 but have struggled in recent years.

The most popular course in terms of annual rounds played is Legion Memorial in north Everett.

The county golf course budget looks different than the cities' because of the contract and various taxes and fees that don't apply at the city level, county parks director Tom Teigen said.Golf courses all over are struggling, he said. "It's a tough go."

Publicly owned golf courses in Snohomish County


View Public golf courses of Snohomish County in a larger map

 Legion Memorial Golf CourseWalter E. Hall Golf CourseLynnwood Municipal Golf CourseCedarcrest Golf CourseKayak Point Golf Course
OwnerCity of EverettCity of EverettCity of LynnwoodCity of MarysvilleSnohomish County
Year opened:1937197219911972 (acquired)1977
Acreage1411277599260
Contracted operationsYesYesNoNoYes
Rounds played in 201259,99757,50040,80334,53032,000
Rounds played in 201157,02056,50740,30237,38027,000
Expenditures in 2012$1,998,280$1,634,923$1,095,000$1,227,9864000**
Revenue in 2012$2,226,024$1,671,671$1,037,000$1,227,986183000**
Municipal employees44340
Location144 West Marine View Drive, Everett. 425-259-46531226 W. Casino Road, Everett. 425-353-465320200 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. 425-672-46536810 84th Street NE, Marysville. 360-363-846015711 Marine Drive NE, Stanwood. 360-652-9676
* Revenue and expenditures after contract costs


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