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Hundreds dish in DeBell Golf Club survey

November 08, 2011

More than 500 golfers have participated in an online survey about DeBell Golf Club as a consultant hired by the city to turn the troubled course around starts evaluating strengths and weaknesses.

A senior project manager for National Golf Foundation, which was brought on board in September, said the response was strong compared to work done at other municipal courses.

“It’s too early to look at the results, but it’s one of the strongest responses we’ve received in comparison to other municipalities we’ve worked with,” the project manager, Ed Getherall, said.

Among the questions asked in the survey, are inquiries on the frequency golfers use DeBell, how much they spend per visit, and if they play at other courses in the area.

The foundation also conducted a field visit in late October that included meetings with city officials, golf course staff and members of the DeBell oversight committee, he said.

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“The field visit went rather well, it was very productive,” Getherall said.

The survey, posted on the city’s website, will likely be up for another two to three weeks, he added.

The National Golf Foundation’s research also included site visits to DeBell’s competitors, including the Wilson and Harding municipal courses at Griffith Park, which are operated by the city of Los Angeles.

“The next several weeks, we’ll analyze all the data and put a report together,” Getherall said.

The draft report will also include results of the survey.

“We’ll see what the strengths and weaknesses appear to be,” Getherall said.

The DeBell subcommittee meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1500 N. Walnut Ave.

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-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

Photo: A golfer at DeBell Golf Club. Credit: Times Community News.

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