Monday October 11, 2004
METRO PARKS SELECTS NEW GOLF PROFESSIONAL FOR CRESCENT HILL GOLF COURSE
LOUISVILLE (October 11, 2004) – Kentucky native Barry Bonifield is returning to Louisville to serve as the golf professional at Crescent Hill Golf Course. Metro Parks awarded Bonifield a five-year contract to manage Crescent Hill’s clubhouse and conduct golf lessons. He starts this week, replacing Doug Weick, who chose to retire after almost 40 years of service in the Metro Parks golf system, including 27 years at Crescent Hill.
Bonifield began his golf career in 1985 at as an assistant golf professional at Hoosier Links Golf Course in New Palestine, Ind. Locally, he has been a head professional at Ft. Knox Golf Courses, Indian Springs Golf Club and Glenmary Country Club; an assistant professional at Charlie Vettiner Golf Course; and director of instruction at Pine Valley Country Club. Most recently, he was director of golf for The Country Club of Orange Park in Orange Park, Fla. He became a ‘Class A’ member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America in 1998.
“I’m excited to be joining the Metro Parks golf system, which has a national reputation for offering great quality at an affordable price,” said Bonifield. “Crescent Hill is a wonderful golf course, and I hope to attract new golfers through an expanded pro shop, marketing to nearby homes and businesses, and first-class customer service. It’s so great to be back home in Kentucky!”
“Barry gave us an excellent proposal for operating Crescent Hill Golf Course, and I expect him to be very successful there,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “He has a very strong understanding of how to operate a business, and he’s committed to providing a quality golf experience to male and female golfers of all ages. I’m grateful he was able to start so quickly, so that Crescent Hill’s golfers will enjoy uninterrupted service.”
Under the terms of his five-year agreement, Bonifield will give Metro Parks a portion of gross revenue from greens fees, cart rentals, concession and merchandise. Funds collected from golf professionals are used for golf course maintenance, which is managed by Metro Parks. No general fund dollars are used for golf course maintenance, and profits from golf operations are re-invested in courses through capital improvements.
Metro Parks is currently reviewing proposals from golf professionals seeking contracts for Louisville Metro’s eight other public golf courses, a process that should be complete by the end of October. The existing five-year contracts with golf pros all expire on December 31. Crescent Hill was awarded early because of Weick’s scheduled retirement.
Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road, is a nine-hole public course that opened in 1926. It generated 27,598 rounds of golf in the past fiscal year. Pronounced hills and an unusual layout make Crescent Hill an enjoyable golf course. Its par five, 477-yard “quarry hole” is a challenge and highlight for all golfers. Crescent Hill utilizes a ball rack rather than scheduling tee times, making rounds available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 502/896-9193 for more information.