Woodward Golf Club shapes up for spring play

Woodward Golf and Recreation is one of ten 2015 recipients of grants from the Myrna Reynoldson Mayfield Trust. The non-profit charity awarded about $32,000 in grant funding this year.

The Woodward Golf Club is coming off a profitable season last year and aims to keep its financial position stable gong forward, according to club manager Dan Marcus of Des Moines.

“We’re planning for another good year,” Marcus said, “and everyone is welcome to join us March 30 for an open house here at the clubhouse.”

After several years of uncertainty, the club was able to save its unique pool through a combination of grant funding and admission fees, Marcus said. He said the golf and swimming facility aims to put its $15,000 annual deficits behind it and has been helped in that direction by grants from the Myrna Reynoldson Mayfield Trust, Envision Woodward and Dallas County.

One recent cost-saving measure was to seek a seasonal liquor license, Marcus said. At its March 17 meeting, the Dallas County Board of Supervisors approved the Woodward Gold Club request to change from a year-round to a seasonal licence, which will save the organization $234 in 2015.

The supervisors also approved the club’s request to have one-quarter of last year’s license fees refunded. The county’s share of the fees amounts to $97.50. The club is also seeking a $136.50 refund from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, Marcus said.

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Dan Marcus, manager of the Woodward Golf Club, said local support has put the club on solid financial ground and helped it save its notable outdoor swimming pool.
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The Woodward Gold Club’s 1969 steel pool is one of only two in the U.S. that is still in use, according to Dan Marcus. The rest has rusted out and been replaced, he said. The other survivor is in Southern California.
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The Woodward Gold Club opened in 1969. An adult membership is $760. Fees for new members are $200.



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