Parks and Recreation to hold meeting about golf course

The Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation department will hold a community information meeting about the transition at the Highland View Golf Course on Tuesday. The meeting will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the club house.

Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Director E. Jay Ellington will be on hand to answer questions about the pro shop, league play, lessons, etc.

The county announced last month that long-time club pro John DeWitt and the county decided to mutually part ways. The course opened for the season on April 1. 1 comment

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  • Brad Newman
    April 10, 2015, 3:35 pm

    It is a shame that our municipal golf course will not have a golf professional at the helm. I understand that the split was by mutual agreement. The local government didn’t want to make John DeWitt an employee (with benefits), and John didn’t want to return under his old agreement. Nevertheless, John’s departure is a significant loss for the Butte golf community.

    The local government was concerned with a decline in the number of golfers/rounds in recent years. However, that decline represents a national trend and had nothing to do with John’s work. In fact, John has been a strong supporter of junior golf programs as a way to reverse the trend here at home. I hope the local government has a plan to continue the junior golf instruction. Moreover, a golf course without professional golf services will only push more golfers or prospective golfers away. John had the knowledge to help golfers of all abilities with club selection and fitting, and with countless other ideas to make their golf experience enjoyable.

    To John, thanks for your years of service to our golf community. To Butte-Silver Bow County, I trust that your decision to eliminate golf services at the municipal course was the part of a bigger plan to enhance our recreational opportunities, rather than merely a short-term cost-cutting measure.


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