Golfers will now be able to consume beer on Bloomington’s Cascades Golf Course after the city council approved the ordinance 7-0. Parks and Recreation Director Mick Renneisen says the ability to better manage the consumption of alcohol on the course is one of the reasons the new ordinance was proposed.
“As a management practice we struggle today and have for decades with trying to manage the consumption of beer on the course. All you have to do is look in the trashcans on the course to see that it’s happening,” he says.
Golfers will now be given a special cooler where they can store beer purchased from the clubhouse that will let the staff know they are consuming alcohol legally.
Renneisen says another benefit from the ordinance will be an increase in revenues. He says golfing isn’t as popular as it once was and many golf courses are looking for new ways to make money.
“We’ve seen sort of a flattening of the price of golf in our market and around the country, this isn’t unusual. Every golf course is looking for alternative revenue streams, what can we capture in revenue that helps us keep our prices competitive in our market?”
Renneisen says beer will be sold for between $2.00 to $2.50 a can and projected revenues for the course will be between $18,000 to $36,000 a year.