Eleven Indiana counties are splitting $75,000 to build trails designed to encourage tourism.
Dekalb, Grant and Allen counties will each get $7,500 to help fund construction of the Interstate 69 Golf Trail. DeKalb County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Richard Martin says the project will entice more golfers to visit the area.
“Visitor will be able to get golf packages to commend the counties and stay overnight and play golf on one course one day and another course the second day. And the whole thing is to honestly drive tourism to our counties and hopefully they’d stay and see some of the other things that we have.”
Indiana Tourism Director Amy Vaughan says Indiana has a number of championship courses that are affordable. She says the golf season, which begins in March and continues through October, brings people along I69 from Michigan to the area.
“Indiana has 62 million visitors each year and those visitors spend about $10 billion, and what we know about the golf market though is that it’s a very small market it’s a small niche,” Vaughan says. “But, typically golfers stay longer and spend more money. So the golf market is a very attractive demographic.
Martin says the trail is expected to be open sometime in June. Other grant recipients include the City of Bloomington – which was approved for a mobile application. Daviess County also received funding for a geocaching trail.