City officials have been discussing temporarily closing Beech Woods Golf Course, 22002 Beech Road, to make some repairs to the course’s irrigation system.

City officials have been discussing temporarily closing Beech Woods Golf Course, 22002 Beech Road, to make some repairs to the course’s irrigation system.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield City Council in talks to temporarily close Beech Woods Golf Course

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 20, 2019

 There is no timeline on how long the closure may last or how long the evaluation of the course will take, officials said.

There is no timeline on how long the closure may last or how long the evaluation of the course will take, officials said.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — Local golfers may have to wait to tee off at their favorite golf course, pending a decision from the Southfield City Council.

According to council documents, city officials have been discussing temporarily closing Beech Woods Golf Course, 22002 Beech Road, to make some repairs to the course’s irrigation system.

Parks and Recreation Director Terry Fields said her department is looking for a temporary suspension of play at the course to be able to evaluate the irrigation system.

A par 35 course, Beech Woods spans 2,778 yards and features a 50-tee, lighted driving range, with 30 tees covered and heated, according to the city’s website, along with a PGA professional on staff. In addition to private and group lessons, the facility features a pro shop and the option to rent clubs, pull carts and power carts.

Fields said that rain has been causing issues at the course for some time.

“We have some water issues over there. There are three and four holes that flood. Just a little bit of rain will take us out,” she said. “We have a lot of people golfing those first five holes twice, and that’s no fun.”

The flooding may be due to the course’s close proximity to the Rouge River and some underlying infrastructure issues.

“What’s going on there is that we have an irrigation system that’s inoperable. It’s about 40 years old, with nothing new,” Fields said. “Last year, we had to close down a couple holes, and when we have to make those fixes, it takes many holes out of play.”

City Administrator Fred Zorn said in council documents that the council needs to study the cost of the irrigation system, the viability of a well system at the course and deed restrictions for the property.

“While evaluating the golf operation’s financial sustainability, we have been forced to acknowledge the inability to open Beech Woods Golf Course this season. Simply put, the irrigation system at the course is not operational,” Zorn said in council documents.

Fields said that to fix the issues at the course, it would cost anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000, but it is unknown at this time where the money for the project would come from.

“We really want to have a chance to maybe work with expert consultants to evaluate the lay of the land,” Fields said.

There is no timeline on how long the closure may last, Fields said, or how long the evaluation of the course will take.

If the closure is approved, the Parks and Recreation Department will still incur a cost to maintain the course, Zorn said in the documents, but revenue from rounds of golf will cease. The driving range, however, will continue to operate, along with lessons and clinics.

“It’s hard, because everybody loves the golf course, and I want to make sure we have quality experiences out there. If you don’t have irrigation, you don’t have a course,” Fields said. “I just want to make sure we do our due diligence.”

During the proposed closure, golfers can make use of the Evergreen Hills Golf Course at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The council is expected to make a decision on the temporary closure at an upcoming City Council meeting.

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