City Plans to Lose One Course, Build Another

Officials in Monroe, Louisiana are planning the demise of a local golf course. Potential plans for Selman Field Golf Course include the development of a commercial park and a two-lane service road right through the middle of the nine-holer, which underwent a $1-million remodel in 1996. A four-lane highway would also intersect the course, separating the pro shop and the parking lot from the golf holes.

These impending changes all result from future infrastructure improvements to the nearby interstate and airport. So plans are being formulated for a “replacement” course. Required by the federal government, a “comparable public recreational outlet” must be constructed by the city. Site considerations for the course include a 500-acre parcel on Jackson Street near the LSU Medical Center.

The Ouachita Parish Police and city council members are spearheading the $4-million plan. The site, currently owned by the Louisiana Department of Corrections, would have to be annexed into the city before construction can begin. Fifty thousand dollars was appropriated for a feasibility study in April 2001.