Sunday, May 26, 2024

Cross Timbers Golf Course closes greens, offers reduced rates

Weather damage to turf causes course to shift operations


AZLE — According to the City of Azle, greens 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 13 at Cross Timbers Golf Course will be temporarily closed starting May 8. With parts of the course closed, green 3 will be played as a short par-4 and 10 will be played as a par-3. Due to last summer’s droughts and cold temperatures this winter, parts of the course will be under maintenance starting Wednesday.

A presentation describing the situation was added to the agenda for the most recent May 7 Azle City Council meeting. According to the presentation, harsh and dry conditions and a record amount of play and cart traffic — 47,000 rounds in 2023 — caused the course to experience a phenomenon known as winterkill. The city plans to re-sprig affected fairways, roughs and greens, and will offer several temporary alternatives for golfers. All affected areas are expected to be back in action by Sept. 1. The project is expected to cost $65,000 and will be funded by the course’s private club, budget adjustments and funds slated for future renovations if necessary. The course has currently collected $81,000 more in revenues than what was projected for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The presentation predicts the course will be “back and better than ever” come September 2024.

The course will offer reduced prices for customers during this period. From opening time to noon Monday through Friday, the course rate will be $40; the rate will be $50 on weekends and holidays. From 12:01 to 2:59 p.m. the course rate will be $35 weekdays and $45 on weekends and holidays. After 3 p.m. prices will be $25 and $35 on aforementioned days. The senior, military and student rate will be $35 and $45 on aforementioned days. The City of Azle resident rate will decrease to $35 weekdays and $45 weekends. Those 12 years old and younger will be able to play throughout the week for $30.