A master plan in place for the next 100 years of Foster Park Golf Course

Sometimes change isn’t just good, it’s necessary.

As the 100th anniversary of Foster Park Golf Course approaches, major upgrades are planned that will welcome golfers for another century.

Surrounded by historic neighborhoods, local restaurants and trails, Foster Park Golf Course has been a meeting place for golfers of all skill levels on the South Side of Fort Wayne since 1928. A golfer-friendly course, Foster Park has earned its reputation old American style course with small greens, narrow fairways and longer par 3s. It’s challenging enough to keep experienced golfers honest, but not intimidating for beginner golfers.

Many city residents credit the Foster Park Golf Course as the place where they fell in love with the game. The course has hosted several City of Fort Wayne tournaments, pee wee events, after work leagues, high school, alumni reunions and social weekend outings.

Now, after years of welcoming golfers from previous generations, Foster Park Course is looking to the next generation.

“We thought it was the perfect time to look at the golf course and make sure we celebrate the first 100 years, while preparing it for the next 100 years,” said Steve McDaniel, director of parks and recreation at Fort Wayne. “To start the improvement process, we created a master plan.”

Designed by respected golf course architect firm Hill-Forest-Smith, based in Toledo, Ohio, the masterplan features an almost entirely new course layout. It requires a driving range, a new clubhouse, additional parking, a short game practice area and a 23,000 square foot putting course. Arguably the biggest change will be a reversal in the direction of hole play along Hartman Road.

The master plan, which was presented this spring to dozens of local residents at two public meetings, places holes 1 through 3 along Hartman Road. The current layout causes these holes to start in the middle of the course. As a result, holes 6 to 9 would be moved to the middle of the course.
This design concept was not created by accident.

“Our design team has shared a few examples of different course layouts,” McDaniel said. “Some of the holes are rerouted on course to allow for a balanced par 36 for every nine holes, while reversing hole play along Hartman Road to help avoid the slice effect.”

Although the layout of the course may see changes over the next few years, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation hopes to unveil the new Foster Park Golf Course in the spring of 2028, just in time to celebrate Year 100.

It is expected that a new course will not only attract new golfers and increase the game, but will also continue the investments made throughout Fort Wayne, particularly in the southern part of the city.

“Our mission is to provide a better quality of life by creating positive recreational opportunities for our citizens and by being good stewards of our park lands and facilities under our care,” said McDaniel. “Golf is one of those recreational activities that our citizens can play at any age or skill level. Our goal is to continue investing in our parks and our residents for many years to come.

To see the complete Foster Park Golf Course Master Plan, visit the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation website.

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