Sinnissippi Golf Course in danger of closing, community donations needed

Published: Jan. 29, 2020 at 5:55 PM CST
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A Rockford golf course saved by the outpouring of support from the community is still in jeopardy of closing next year.

"It's a great course to play with your family. It's a great course to have kids learn on. But it's a challenging course too it's not an easy course," said Mike Broski, Entré Computer Solutions

Broski grew up playing golf at Sinnissippi Golf Course.

"It was a great experience. My brother and I played a lot and obviously golf brings people together and now we are business partners at Entré," Broski said.

Broski is now paying it forward by hosting a company outing in the summer.

"It's a symbolic gesture of what companies can do to facilitate and aid something as beautiful, as wonderful as the Rockford Park District and Sinnissippi Golf Course," Broski said.

Because of generous people like Broski, the Sinnissippi Golf Course which was in danger of closing because of budget restraints will hopefully continue to serve the Forest City.

"We have tax dollars and we have fee revenue that funds the whole operation of the park district and both of those are flat or declining," said Jay Sandine, Rockford Park District.

Sandine says if the community generates $100,000 a year that could maintain the course and allow for updates.

"We have infrastructure needs, we have a very old irrigation system, we have a clubhouse that needs repairs that cost money too," Sandine said.

"There are cities that would love to have a course like Sinnissippi and we have it and we can't lose it now," Broski said.

Some donation opportunities include naming rights for a hole for $5,000 a year or naming rights for the entire course for $50,000 a year for ten years.