Officials celebrated more than 80 years of municipal golf in Fort Wayne on Thursday, marked by longtime patron Kenny Rodewald hitting a picture-perfect shot off the first tee at Foster Park Golf Course.
Rodewald has been playing golf at Foster for 75 years – since he was a 4-year-old.
Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll and golf professional Rick Hemsoth joined Rodewald to mark anniversary celebrations at three city golf courses.
Foster Park Golf Course is 85 years old this year, Shoaff Park Golf Course is 55 years old and McMillen Park Golf Course is 50 years old.
The celebration will continue June 23 at all of the citys golf courses with reduced fees, special drawings and golf course membership giveaways. Golfers older than 80 can play at McMillen Park Golf Course for free June 23. In addition, everyone who plays that day will be entered in a drawing to win a golf membership for the year.
Separately, Moll announced the parks departments intention to replace lost trees on all the golf courses.
Weve had to take down about 300 damaged trees on the courses because of the emerald ash borer crisis, Moll said. Due to the loss of so many trees, and to commemorate the anniversaries, were committed to replacing 85 trees at Foster Park Golf Course, 55 trees at McMillen Golf Course, and 50 trees at Shoaff Golf Course this year.
To play golf on June 23 at Foster, McMillen or Shoaff golf courses, tee time reservations will be accepted starting Sunday at www.fortwayneparks.org.