Golf Course Timeline
Original Golf Course Constructed. The first property expansion added 45 acres for the 9-hole golf course, to the original 60 acres, sometime prior to 1918.
1925 or 1926
The front/hilly nine holes to the north were developed.
Improvements made to 9-hole course by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a "New Deal" program to combat unemployment.
Beacon article dated September 2, 1938 titled "Begin Work on Park Project Next Tuesday" indicated the golf course would close the following Tuesday for complete rebuilding of the municipal links, as part of a $200,000 Works Progress Administration (WPA) project that would employ 200 individuals. Tees, greens, bunkers and traps would be completely redesigned and rebuilt, with the addition of landscaping to make the picture complete. Plans for the project were prepared by City Engineer Harold M. Achim, and Superintendent of Parks Richard E Dobbins, and would be under the direction of Mayor Harry B. Warner.
Beacon article dated September 11, 1938 titled "Start 200 Men Tomorrow On Park Project," explained how the WPA improvement project was going to spend the $189,000 allotted for the project by both the government and the city. It also noted that park employees tore down the old golf course the week prior. In a statement issued by Mayor Harry B. Warner, he indicated that approximately $44,000 would be used to rebuild the golf course which will consist of regrading the greens, enlarging the tees, providing clay tees at each grass tee and rearranging traps with the idea of dividing the fairways to make playing at the park a little safer and planting trees at the back of the tees and in general to beautify the course.
After the expansion, the course encompassed 100 acres that included 80 acres of fairway and 20 acres of rough, with a clubhouse.
Irrigation System purchased for $289,947. The Automated Water System was installed to avoid parched fairways.
The course was closed in the fall to begin improvements to the back nine.
The course opened to public on Saturday, July 14. The Official Dedication Ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 10 and premier opening event, the Friends of Phillips Park golf outing fundraiser was held on Thursday, July 12. The 18-hole course can now boast modern features like "USGA" Greens, a computerized irrigation system, multiple tees, larger greens, better overall drainage systems, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, cart paths, a driving range and a new clubhouse, as well as a three hole Junior Course, resulting in a quality championship caliber golf course. The new driving range has both "All Weather Teeing Surface" for inclement weather and a massive grass tee for a more realistic feel. With three sets of tees, the golf course ranges from 4,760 yards to 6,200 yards, providing a wide range of challenge for varying abilities.