Oshkosh studying possibility of selling Lakeshore Golf Course

Lakeshore Golf Course in Oshkosh on May 10th, 2017. (WLUK/Alexa Santos)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Golfers were hitting the links Wednesday at Lake Shore Golf Course in Oshkosh.

But some fear they'll soon be losing their favorite course.

Al Koch, a member at Lakeshore Golf Course, said, "We want this golf course, we don't want to see it disappear."

Al Koch has been golfing at the course for more than 50 years.

"It's ideal, it's convenient, it's close. Everything about it is great," he said.

The City of Oshkosh says it's far from making a decision, but says the golf course's land could be used for development.

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff said, "I thought it was relevant [to study the land] given the number of questions that we've gotten in recent years about it."

Rohloff says he's heard rumors that Oshkosh Corporation is interested in the site, but that's all they are... rumors.

"If they want to be interested in it, certainly we want to be ready, but we've not had any formal conversations with them," Rohloff said.

Oshkosh Corp. said in a statement it has offices all over the area, and is looking for ways to bring employees together.

It said, "Right now it is very early, and there are several options we are exploring."

For the City of Oshkosh, the bigger problem is that Lakeshore Golf Course isn't making a lot of money.

Rohloff said, "Public golf courses typically don't make money, and I don't think that's going to change in a northern climate."

Because of the lack of revenue, the City of Oshkosh is considering taking a swing at some other options.

"We barely break even on the operational side," Rohloff said.

Rohloff says there's a long way to go before anything big happens.

Keeping public waterfront access on the golf course's land would be a top priority.

But golfers say they'll speak up to keep their course as it is.

Koch said, "We'll have to do whatever we can."

Oshkosh leaders say there are around 25,000 rounds of golf played each years at Lakeshore.

Rohloff says these numbers have held steady for about a decade.

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