BREC golf courses post record high numbers during pandemic

Since reopening its golf courses in May, BREC has been seeing historic high figures for both the number of golfers as well as revenue generated, according to superintendent Corey Wilson, who spoke at this week’s Baton Rouge Rotary meeting. 

BREC closed its golf courses across the parish in late March as a safety precaution and kept them closed through most of April, which has been the system’s busiest, most profitable month for golf in previous years. 

BREC reopened the Santa Maria, Beaver Creek and Webb golf courses April 30, and reopened Dumas, JS Clark and City Park on May 1. Since then, golfers have flocked to the courses, following a national trend. 

Nationwide, golfers played 10 million more rounds in July than a year ago, a 20% increase, The Washington Post recently reported. Play was also up 14% year-over-year in June and 6% in May. 

BREC courses saw a 53% increase in rounds played in May. 

During the luncheon speech, Wilson also gave updates on several projects planned across the parish. 

Next week, BREC will be entering into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the city-parish, LSU and the state to restore the six-lake system called University Lakes. Design work on the project is expected to take several months. Upon completion of the design phase, dredging is scheduled to begin in fall 2021.

Meanwhile, BREC will begin advertising within the next 30 days for input and a public meeting for the planned Airline Community Park. Wilson expects the planning process to last through this year for the southeast community park and design work to begin next year. Construction could begin in either the last quarter of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022. In early 2019, BREC sold $4 million of obsolete south Baton Rouge properties to fund Airline Highway Community Park

In addition, construction on the new Howell recreation center and pool will start in the next 60 days.