Premier Golf reports progress in 2014 annual report

Premier Golf, the company the City of Lynnwood hired to manage the Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course, reported generally good news in its 2014 annual report to the City Council last week.

The two major challenges facing Premier Golf have been the weather and parking, said Premier Golf President Bill Schickler.

Even though 2014 saw 48 inches of rainfall, 49 percent higher than 2013 and 29 percent higher than normal, Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course reported a .4 percent increase in rounds, bucking the downward trend. Golf rounds in the Greater Seattle area were down 5.3 percent in 2014.

The course produced net income of just under $550,000, $11,000 better than budget. The numbers are before other City expenses. Revenues were $1,116,000, about $119,000 below budget, while costs and operating expenses were $130,000 under budget.

The better weather in 2015 has translated into a strong start with revenue of $16,000 over budget and net income of $33,000 over budget. In March, revenues are up more than 40 percent above last year and 10 percent over budget. Rainfall is running slightly above average but six inches (33 percent) below last year. Revenues are up $52,000 over last year and $22,000 over budget.

Schickler, however, cautioned that the 204th Street project/road construction near the entrance to the college/golf course likely will lead to revenue loss. The project is occurring at the height of the golf season.

Insufficient parking remains a problem and a possible solution, a new parking structure, never materialized.

“We must solve this problem sooner rather than later to achieve our forecasted results at the golf course,” Schickler said.

Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director Lynn Sordel said the City and Edmonds Community College are working on the issue.

“We will continue to meet,” Sordel said. “They understand how important parking is to the business.”

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