Golfers in the Newport News area have been enjoying the inexpensive fees of the Newport News Golf Club at Deer Park for years. Recently, however, they have not been enjoying the poor drainage issues that plague the course’s fairways. The city of Newport News hopes to change this in the near future.
According to the Golf Club’s superintendent, Charlie Wheaton, the course requires approximately $10 million in renovations. However, these renovations will not take place all at once. The current plan, if approved, will provide $5.5 million over the next five years to go towards renovating the courses. This money will fund the renovations of the Cardinal Course, the more deteriorated of the Club’s two courses. The funds will go towards improving drainage and irrigation, as well as providing better grasses.
While it is in better shape than the Cardinal Course, the Club’s other course, the Championship Course, will also require renovations eventually. According to Wheaton, however, those repairs will not be made until at least 2017. Also, on top of the repairs to the Golf Club, the city has also proposed an extra $1.2 million to be spent on renovating the Huntington Park Tennis Center
Before these repairs can be made, the financial plan must be approved by City Council. The proposal, which was divulged on October 26, will be considered by the council sometime this week.
The Golf Club, which is located just off of Ft. Eustis Boulevard in Newport News, also offers a driving range, putting and chipping greens, a pro shop, and a restaurant called Legend’s Grille.