Tom Wolfe, left, of Sterling Heights, and Frank Muschong, of Sterling Heights, tee off at Sylvan Glen Golf Course Oct. 5.

Tom Wolfe, left, of Sterling Heights, and Frank Muschong, of Sterling Heights, tee off at Sylvan Glen Golf Course Oct. 5.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

City: Billy Casper Golf is on par

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 9, 2018


TROY — Billy Casper Golf will continue to manage the two city-owned golf courses after the Troy City Council unanimously approved a five-year contract with options for two five-year renewals at its Sept. 24 meeting. 

Billy Casper Golf directs operations at Sylvan Glen and Sanctuary Lake golf courses. The city contracted with the company to manage the city-owned courses in 2010 as a way to cut costs during the economic downturn. 

Rounds and league play have increased since Billy Casper Golf took over operations. 

“We’ve had very positive feedback from the public,” Recreation Director Elaine Bo said to the council. 

In a letter to Bo, Troy resident Jim Fantin said the league is 20 weeks long, and “for all those 20 weeks, I have never seen another course in the Detroit area better maintained.” 

Fantin served on the selection committee with city staff and is president of the Troy Seniors Monday Golf League that plays at Sylvan Glen.

During the winter of 2013-14, the perfect storm of wintry mix closed three of the 18 greens at Sylvan Glen and damaged portions of the grass throughout the course. An ice storm Dec. 21-22, 2013, laid down 1-3 inches of ice, followed by snow, followed by a 50-degree day at the end of December, which resulted in thicker ice. Other warm days and then a polar vortex in January and February produced up to 8 inches of ice in some places. 

The greens are in great shape now. 

“We’re all pretty excited about it,” Derick Marcum, general manager for Sylvan Glen Golf Course, said of the new contract. “We’re happy to still be here.” 

He said that after a cold, wet spring, the courses are “on par” with rounds of golf for the last few years. He noted that the new $1.07 million irrigation system has been installed and has greatly improved the quality of the course. 

“The season’s been really good,” Marcum said. “We’re open year-round. We’re hoping for a late fall.” 

“I think we made an excellent choice,” said Mayor Dane Slater. “They’re doing an excellent job.” 

“I’m happy with the council’s decision,” Bo told C & G Newspapers. “They’re (Billy Casper) really easy to work with. They do a good job.” 

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