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February 14, 2013

Viewpoint: Yule Golf Club has great value to ‘Small Town USA’

Since late last fall, there have been several articles in local newspapers concerning the demise of Yule Golf Club located in Alexandria. The current local economy, along with other factors, were the main reason current owners decided to place the property for sale in an auction to the highest bidder.

The person who purchased the property was an area farmer for what we assume was for the purpose of converting the property to a farming operation. Since the property is located within city limits, this required the local zoning board to grant an exception to zoning rules for farming. This effort to change the zoning to allow for farming of the property was ultimately declined.  Considering both the tangible and intangible value of Yule Golf Club to the community, a group of local concerned residents came together called the Alexandria Action Committee. This group has been working quietly behind the scenes for months trying to negotiate with the original owners of the golf course in an attempt to purchase the property and keep it as a golf course.

The committee feels the public needs to know that every attempt is being made toward this end. We are hopeful that this effort will be successful and a very important part of the community can be saved for the future good of Alexandria and the surrounding area.  

The question from the general public who may not play golf is, “Why the big concern? It’s just another business that has bit the dust.”

That’s a valid question, but the members of the Alexandria Action Committee realize how important Yule Golf Club is to the future of the city of Alexandria. The golf course was conceived and constructed by the local community, with completion coming in 1968.  The golf course has played a significant part in attracting people to our community, not only to play golf, but also to patronize our businesses and restaurants.

Having a golf course located within the city limits in a small town such as Alexandria is a very important factor when it comes to attracting businesses and potential home buyers. It also certainly adds to the quality of life for Alexandria residents, all of these things a luxury that many small towns do not have.

Many local charitable organizations from the community have relied on the golf course for fund-raising endeavors through yearly golf outings. Children of the community have enjoyed the golf course, learning the game through various summer junior clinics over the years, and also while playing for the Alexandria middle school and high school girls and boys golf teams.

These teams have also welcomed many area schools and students to the course to compete in matches, Central Indiana Conference tournaments and Madison County Junior Golf Association tournaments.  

As we see our historic downtown buildings continue to deteriorate and our population decline, we feel losing Yule Golf Club would be another great loss for “Small Town USA.”

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