Beech Woods Golf Course closed for 2019 golf season
Golf operations to be temporarily suspended for irrigation study
The Beech Woods Golf Course will be closed for the 2019 golf season while a comprehensive study of the existing infrastructure and irrigation system is performed. The Beech Woods driving range, heated tees and pro shop will remain open.
Beech Woods Golf Course, located on the campus of the Beech Woods Recreation Center at 22202 Beech Road, has experienced significant flooding and irrigation issues in recent years. The current irrigation and water management system is nearly 40 years old and is no longer operational, frequently causing water to pool throughout much of the course following heavy and even moderate rainfalls – rendering much of the course unusable.
“First and foremost, our goal is to provide a quality experience for anyone who visits the Beech Woods Golf Course,” stated Parks & Recreation Director Terry Fields. “When we have to close portions of the course due to flooding, it causes a ripple effect, taking many holes out of play. Often, guests end up golfing the first five holes twice to reach a full round, which is obviously not ideal. We need to take this time to evaluate the current water management and irrigation systems and to develop a plan to address these ongoing issues.”
Parks & Recreation will be working with the Purchasing Department to begin the bid process for an operational consultant to develop a comprehensive plan and cost analysis for the replacement of the irrigation system as well as possible design services to address the current water management issues.
In the interim, golfers can still take advantage of the driving range and heated tees located at the Beech Woods Golf Course as well as the nine-hole Evergreen Hills Golf Course, located at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road. Parks & Recreation will continue to host lessons, clinics, camps and golf specials for all ages throughout the 2019 golfing season.
For more information, contact Southfield Parks & Recreation at (248) 796-4620.