Golfers express concerns at parks plan tour

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield points out a potential new area for a “Par 3” course at Clovis Municipal Golf Course Monday morning. Commissioners spoke of the need to retain the “Par 3” and make it an agenda item for a future commission meeting, but many leaned toward moving the “Par 3” east and using the current area for picnic space by the course lake.

Kevin Wilson

The Clovis City Commission, during a sparsely-attended Thursday evening study session, agreed to hold a tour of the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. The Monday tour brought out a few more residents, and many more complaints.

The commission was met Monday morning at the pro shop by about a dozen golfers who expressed frustration with the city’s plans to convert the nine-hole course into youth sports fields, walking trails, a dog park, parking and an expansion of the zoo.

The plan was put into motion in April, when the commission agreed to buy the 18-hole Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. The purchase was made with a parks and recreation bond refinanced in June.

The group of golfers disagreed with the notion of converting the course in the first place, since similar-sized cities have multiple courses. They added that the city should hold off on any plans for a few months until the city has completely finished transitioning the 18-hole course.

“We got the rug pulled out from under us without any consideration,” Eddie Caroland said.

Caroland added that he doesn’t like to golf at Colonial Park, because there’s still a “country club” mentality and people around the course don’t make him feel welcome.

He said that he and other golfers also like the open feeling of the municipal course, and they’re afraid to golf where they’re liable for potential damage to homes bordering the course.

City Commissioner Juan Garza —