Open Letter to the Denton Golfing Community
Dear Denton Golfing Community:
As most of you know, Texas Woman’s University has been examining the continued feasibility of its golf course for nearly 18 months. The operating costs of the golf course—which encompasses about half of the university’s Denton campus footprint—continue to rise significantly. Also, an external consultant has advised us that it needs at least a $1 million investment to be viable. Student fees have supported this course for many years, yet not even 3 percent of our students, faculty or staff use the course. And, of course, we don’t have a golf team.
Last week, TWU’s Board of Regents passed a resolution asking us to explore other options for the property and to find ways to develop the land to meet the future academic programming and facilities needs of our students and other members of our university community.
Although there is no timeline for the golf course closure, the planning process already has begun. The potential for developing the land with environmentally aesthetic and sustainable open spaces is one of our objectives. For instance, we envision the space could help us address our student housing shortage, provide walking and bicycle paths and increase the beauty of our campus with more trees, as well as open up more watershed research opportunities.
We realize a number of local golfers value our course and will be affected by the upcoming changes. We assure you that our decision to transition the course for other purposes has not been taken lightly. We value what our golf course has meant to our Denton neighbors for more than 75 years. At the same time, we also must continue to be mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of limited university resources, student fees, and best-practices management of funds invested in TWU from taxpayers across the entire State of Texas.
We invite you to continue to enjoy playing golf on our course while we plan and prepare for upcoming changes, and we thank you for your support and understanding during this transition. Our staff will make every effort to keep you informed of upcoming course changes and plans, as well as the daily operations for the TWU Pioneer Golf Course.