What’s going on at Howell?

As part of the effort to create a new 10-year strategic plan for the park system, BREC commissioned the National Golf Foundation (NGF) in May 2014 to conduct a study of all seven courses as well as the administrative practices of the golf department. In December 2014, the NGF released its recommendations to improve the BREC golf operation including increasing the quality of maintenance, improving the physical condition of the courses and clubhouses and pursuing repurposing two courses. Click here to read the full NGF report.  

As a trusted public entity, BREC knew it needed to utilize the transform the Howell golf course land into something that the community would use and embrace.  BREC held public meetings throughout 2015 and developed a comprehensive plan to turn Howell Golf Course into an expanded Howell Community Park. In 2016, plans were set in motion to successfully transition the golf program to the new community park and plans were finalized, including contractors. BREC kept the course open until construction was ready to begin.

BREC Golf planned to close the course on Labor Day weekend with a big bang, including a tournament and play day. Unfortunately, due to the Flood of 2016, Howell Golf Course was damaged beyond immediate repair, and the decision was made to move forward with the groundbreaking for the expanded Howell Community Park. Ground will be broken Sept. 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. for the expanded community park. While we are sad to see Howell go, we know that this move is what is most desired and needed for the surrounding community. We are very excited about the plans approved by the public for the expanded and reimagined park. Those plans can be found by clicking here.

Staff, equipment and other resources from Howell will all be reallocated to other BREC courses, further increasing the quality play at BREC’s six remaining golf courses. If you have any questions about the Howell transition, please contact Mike Raby at mraby@brec.org. We look forward to continuing to serve you at our six wonderful courses.