The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Little Rock City Board of Directors includes this item, without further explanation:
UPDATE Golf due diligence update.
This presumably means Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will provide some guidance on implementing a recent budget revision that anticipated closing two golf courses, but didn’t identify which ones.
The betting so far is that Hindman and War Memorial courses will be axed, with the city putting its golf money into First Tee, which is not technically a city course but the nonprofit creation of billionaire Jack Stephens that has drawn increasing financial support from the city. It lacks cart paths. Advocates of both Hindman and War Memorial are up in arms about potential closure.
A tournament is set this morning at Hindman with a meeting to follow of golfers hoping to save the course. The city also operates the Rebsamen Park golf course.
A city director tells me the mayor has provided no advance information on what he will discuss. This is in keeping with his initial presentation of proposed budget reductions, which will lop more than three dozen jobs from the city payroll. Directors were rankled on that occasion by being asked to approve changes they were just seeing. There’s no indication a decision will be expected Tuesday on golf as yet.
Scott has chosen to emphasize it’s his idea to “repurpose” golf courses for other recreational uses. He’s not yet discussed what those uses might entail.
The board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.